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JUNE 2012

Your guide to this summer’s big concerts Interviews with Sir Tom Jones & Paloma Faith

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Jessie J Comes to Newmarket this summer Plus: What’s On, Food & Drink, Interiors, Health, Gardening, Patio Living, Swimwear, Property, Money and much more from around the region

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We’ve got some great names for you this month in another packed issue. We have interviews with Sir Tom Jones and Paloma Faith, plus we welcome to our team ‘Money Saving Expert’ Martin Lewis and consumer expert Dean Dunham, who will both be giving monthly advice on money and consumer issues. It’s great to know that summer is finally with us, and that’s reflected this month as we take you into the garden, on to the patio and al fresco at the region’s restaurants and pubs. If it’s to the beach you’re heading, we’ve some great swimwear fashion for you. Fingers crossed for plenty of sunshine and enjoy the Jubilee weekend. John Boston, Editor 6 INTERVIEW We catch up with singer Paloma Faith. 10 AROUND THE REGION Lots of regional delights to discover this month. 21 PROPERTY Help to get you moving this summer. 25 INTERIORS Lots of stylish jubilee-inspired goodies for your home. 29 KITCHENS Time for a makeover? Sarah Lee has some tips for you. 35 PATIO LIVING Step outside and make the most of summer. 39 GARDEN Great ideas to make sure the kids are catered for in the garden. 43 GARDENING Water in the garden plus tips for June and some Jubilee party buys. 47 FOOD & DRINK Summer is the time to book a table outside. 54 WINE Sarah Abbott has been to Turkey and fallen in love with their wines. 57 FASHION Time to start thinking Holiday and shopping Swimwear. 61 WEDDINGS Sarah Lee helps you choose your engagement ring. 62 WATCHES We chat with Stamford watchmaker Robert Loomes. 65 MONEY Martin Lewis gives us his top ten cash ISA need-to-knows. 67 CONSUMER Expert Dean Dunham gives advice for returning goods. 68 MOTORING Sue Cooke test drives Skoda’s Citigo launched this month. 71 EDUCATION We chat to Dominic Findlay, Headmaster of Langley School. 73 HEALTH Paul Curry speaks to Cancer UK’s experts about prostate cancer.

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81 ARTS A round up of some great Arts events coming to the region. 86 SUMMER CONCERTS Tom Jones interview and the region’s big open-air concerts. 91 SUFFOLK Summer events in Ipswich and what’s on this month. 107 HERTS BEDS & BUCKS St Albans, Letchworth and Olney and events for the month. 121 CAMBRIDGESHIRE All the month’s top events plus summer in Cambridge and Peterborough. 141 NORFOLK Summer in Norwich and events around the county. 155 ESSEX Summer on the Sunshine Coast and events for June. 162 SPOTLIGHT We chat to the reunited Birds of a Feather. eastlife.co.uk|5

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Gotta have Faith Stepping out as a solo artist back in 2009, it was immediately clear that Paloma Faith was the complete (and petite) package. Ths singer, who spends a lot of time in Norfolk visiting her mother, has just released her new album, Fall To Grace. Here, she talks to Jenny Entwistle . You released your single ‘Picking Up The Pieces’ at the end of May – can you tell us a bit about what this song is about?

It’s about being in a relationship with somebody who you think might be on the rebound but is going out with you but you’re not sure. They’re recovering from the past relationship and what it’s like to be in that position when you’re doubting yourself and your role in their life. For your upcoming album ‘Fall To Grace’ you’ve stated that you’ve taken a more cinematic approach with the album, with it being the ‘soundtrack to your life’, was this a conscious decision on your part, to combine your music with your love of acting to make the album more personal?

It was a conscious decision but it wasn’t really that I wanted to combine it with my love of acting; it was more that I wanted to combine it with my love of film as a viewer. I watch a lot of films all the time so I wanted to somehow cultivate the atmosphere of films into this whole album and everything we put out. Do you have any favourite tracks?

I love all of them, but I think some stand out ones are probably ‘The Next Thing’, ’30 Minute Love Affair’ and ‘Blood Sweat and Tears’ they’re kind of… more dancey ones, which make me excited to have a dance! I’m really looking forward to the emotional side of things ‘Just Be’ and ‘Streets Of

Glory’ I’m really excited about, ‘Just Be’ is a very stripped back ballad with piano and then ‘Streets of Glory’ is the opposite, it’s got bells and whistles and everything all in one. They have string arrangements from David Arnold who I think is incredible. You’ve previously said that “A lot of people write songs because they want to record them in a studio” whereas you write songs so that you can perform them live, do you prefer performing the chilled out songs better, or the more upbeat numbers?

I think both, a mix of both. Like light, you need light and shade; gigs are full of light and shade as well. You collaborated with lots of artists, from rapper Ghost Face Killah for a remixed version of 'New York' to Cee Loo Green at the Brit awards. Who would be your dream collaboration?

Andre 3000 Going back to your acting career, you’ve appeared in several films and television dramas. You’ve recently been announced to appear in the BBC adaptation of Blandings – can you tell us a little more about your character and how this came about?

I’m just appearing as a character called Jordan who’s in one episode, episode 5 of the series; she’s basically a 1920s version of me! She’s a London cabaret performer and is a bit playful, and quite cheeky. I had an audition – I don’t think they even knew I was an

actress! I went to an audition and they said that they liked my interpretation of the character and I said ‘I’m just being myself!’ You’ve been hailed in the press as somewhat of a fashion icon - who would you say were your biggest influences or inspirations, and are there any new designers we should look out for?

Biggest inspiration is probably Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich… Coco Chanel – I love the way she dressed – Bjork and Grace Jones. Designers I love Dolce and Gabbana, I keep wearing them, Alexander McQueen I think is incredible, I love all the high-end stuff like Jean Paul Gautier. New designers, I think Piers Atkinson and Victoria Grant are amazing. eastlife.co.uk|7


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You mentioned that Bjork is one of your fashion inspirations – you recently worked with Nellee Hooper (Bjork, No Doubt, Madona) who produced your album; what was it like working with him? Did you learn anything from him?

I learn new things everyday! I learn new things all the time. If you go through life not learning it’s a bit weird. I learnt loads; it was amazing working with him. We were a match made in heaven, as he’s really into visual things and so am I so I suppose he’s the first producer I worked with who understood my language as I sort of, speak in pictures! My old A&R from my record company left and this guy called Colin Barlow took over the record label and I told him what I was after and how I didn’t really know who to approach and he suggested Nellee. He said ‘I’ve got a really strong feeling about this, and you’ve got to trust me’ and I did, and I met him, and I thought he was brilliant!

You’ve been a mentor for Danny’s team on BBC’s ‘The Voice’ to help prep the vocalists for the ‘Battle’ round of the competition. What was the main piece of advice you gave to them, and how was the experience for you? Did you learn anything by going through the process with them?

wearing the exact same shoes that I’m wearing’. It makes me feel grateful for what I’ve got and what I’ve achieved – obviously I’ve worked bloody hard for it but I think there’s a certain combination of hard work, perseverance… and a little sprinkling of luck.

I think the main piece of advice I was giving them was about performance and how I think it’s not enough to just stand on stage and sing the song, you have to do extra, whether it be physically moving around and giving depth to the song physically or giving a more physically emotional performance. I just feel like to me it’s important that we have something to look at, so I focused on that. I learnt how much talent there is out there, and how it’s a really strange industry as at the end of the day, not that much talent breaks through. It’s unbelievable sometimes when you just take a minute to think ‘actually, there’s loads of people who could be

What are you plans for the rest of the year; do you have any live plans or plans to tour?

I’m doing some warm up shows this summer, I’m yet to find out dates – I’ll be promoting this record then I’m hoping I’ll tour towards the end of the year but I won’t if people don’t buy the album! So I’m waiting to find out if people will buy it so I can go out on tour and show off!! I’m very nervous about the release, I keep ringing my manager up, as I’m a bag of nerves! The album Fall To Grace and the single Picking Up The Pieces are out now on Sony/RCA. www.palomafaith.com eastlife.co.uk|9


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Sam Faiers wears a Lascana Polka Dot Swimsuit available at www.freemans.com We’ve lots of great swimwear this month - turn to page 57

Sam Faiers, star of ITV2’s The Only Way is Essex has just published her first book. At the start of 2010 Sam Faiers was a normal 19-year-old girl from Brentwood: she was working in a local bank, plotting a glamour modelling career and planning what outfit to wear to Sugar Hut. Then the first episode of TOWIE aired, and suddenly she was catapulted into a world of champagne cocktails, TV studios, nightclubs and paparazzi. In Living Life the Essex Way, Sam lifts the lid on her childhood, her rise to fame and her beauty regime, as well as her dating rules, dealing with instant fame, the men in her life and what really goes on behind the scenes on the hit ITV2 show. Published bu Simon & Schuster, £12.99 from all good booksellers.

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REGION Based on the Cambridgeshire-Suffolk border, Helen and Michael Griggs, also known as The Tiny Teacup, have an extensive collection of vintage china which they hire out for events. Colclough, Royal Albert, Foley, Sadler, Aynsley and Royal Doulton are just a few of the producers that they have lovingly collected. But there is much more than this, and it is all beautiful. They can supply everything you need for afternoon tea, for up to 50 guests. They also organise craft fairs - the next one will be held in Mandeville Hall in Burwell, Cambridgeshire, on 24th November, 07912 528213 www.thetinyteacup.co.uk

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Art For My Sake! in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, take old wooden tennis and squash rackets and turn them into these funky but elegant wall mirrors. They also have a range of original chalkboards, TV mirrors, bookclocks and a unique range of clocks utilising every day items such as suitcases - the cases are all retro in style and offer an innovative way of enjoying your time. Park Road, Leigh-on-Sea, 07786 272755 www.artformysake.co.uk


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FIVE great new films in cinemas...

Rock of Ages A great cast brings the hit rock musical to the big screen. Set in 1987 Los Angeles, Drew and Sherrie are two young people chasing their dreams in the big city. When they meet, it's love at first sight, though their romance faces a series of challenges. Starring Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta Jones, Russell Brand, and Julianne Hough. Fri 15th

The Five Year Engagement One year after meeting, Tom proposes to his girlfriend, Violet, but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together. Enjoyable rom com starring Jason Seigel and Emily Blunt. Fri 22nd

LOL As a new year at school begins, Lola’s heart is broken by her boyfriend, though soon she’s surprised by her best friend, who reveals his feelings for her. Romantic teen comedy starring Miley Cyrus. Fri 1st

The Three Stooges While trying to save their childhood orphanage, the Stooges stumble into a murder plot and wind up starring in a reality TV show. Hilarious Farrelly Brothers remake of the legendary comedy films of the 1930s, starring Sean Hayes, Will Sasso and Chris Diamantopoulos as Larry, Curly and Moe. Fri 15th

Prometheus Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Guy Pearce and Michael Fassbender fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. Fri 1st

For more great new June movies go to www.eastlife.co.uk/junemovies

Based in Woodbridge, Suffolk, Deepmills produce wonderful artisan coffee, which is slow hand roasted,only with traditional air cooling, in small batches every week. The coffee is then individually packed by hand in sealed bags to preserve freshness, and is available to buy online at www.deepmills.co.uk with prices starting at £4.50 for 227g.

Live in Norfolk and looking for a healthy weight-loss diet? Healthy Twist could just be the answer. Former University of East Anglia student Kate Price started the Norwich-based company in 2011. Kate is a combination of chef and trained weight management coach and can help you on the right track to weight loss. Healthy Twist Packages provide you with a week of chef-prepared meals for dinner, soups and salads for lunch, home made mueslies, porridge, bars and even muffins for breakfast and healthy, tasty snacks for those nibble moments. Kate delivers within a 30-mile radius of Norwich and all you need to do is put the meals in your microwave or oven, enjoy and watch the weight disappear As a client, you get a full personal profile with all the details you need to know about your body and how much food you need to eat which will help you create a plan that's just right for your body and your lifestyle. 07964 540473 www.healthytwist.co.uk eastlife.co.uk|11


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Losing Face Facial disfigurement doesn’t sound like the cosiest of subjects for a debut novelist but Wereham-based Norfolk author Annie Try is breaking new ground with her first book and is set to confound the critics with a heart-rending and highly compelling story for older teenagers. Losing Face follows Cassie as she starts to rebuild her life after a horrific car crash. She’s lost an eye, and the damage to her face has caused her to withdraw into herself, almost to a point of no return. As a former consultant clinical psychologist at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) Annie was working on a completely different novel when she attended a psychology conference that contained a seminar on working with children who had facial disfigurement. “Driving home,” she says, “the novel started to buzz around my head, so I had to write it. I love Ely and based the novel there to have fairly near access to both a windy car park and a fast road for the opening scenes.” Annie still works as an independent consultant clinical psychologist working with children, but now very intermittently, and she is working on her second novel. Losing Face is available from Waterstones in King’s Lynn. Changing Faces is a UK-based charity giving support and information to people with disfigurements to the face, hands or body, and their families. www.changingfaces.org.uk

The By-Mistake Guide to Norfolk is a travel guide with a difference. It’s a fun fictional romp through the countryside ‘written’ by ten-year-old Jim (alias Norwich author Caroline Davison), who describes his adventures during a year of family outings in the county. Along the way he sees wildlife spectaculars, some really smelly funghi, fantastic castles and forts, demon dogs, dragons and ducks! The Guide offers ideas for things to do in Norfolk throughout the year and focuses on some of the less well known places that are either free or very low cost. The book is published by Norwich-based Black Dog Books. www.bymistakeguide.co.uk www.blackdogbooks.co.uk

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REGION We Can Bake is a children’s baking company that guarantees lots of fun, providing complete children’s baking parties in a box delivered free to your home. The company was formed by Victoria and Claire, two Norfolk mums who, after planning many birthday parties, decided to bring their experience in childcare and events planning together with their passion for baking. Located in the heart of the beautiful Norfolk countryside We Can Bake have put together a baking party with children’s chefs hats and cupcakes to decorate to balloons and certificates and baking party bags basically, they’ve done all the work so you don’t have to. To find out more contact them on 01362 690894 or go to www.wecanbake.com eastlife.co.uk|13


Find the right Mercedes-Benz, at the right price. Go to www.yourmercedes.co.uk, click the price ladder, choose your car then click through to see its features and finance details, along with other models. Your dream Mercedes-Benz is well within budget.

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Mercedes-Benz of Bury St. Edmunds Northern Way, Bury St. Edmunds IP32 6NH 01284 769 676 www.mercedes-benzofburystedmunds.co.uk Mercedes-Benz of Cambridge 199 Barnwell Road, Cambridge CB5 8SH 01223 401 100 www.mercedes-benzofcambridge.co.uk Mercedes-Benz of King’s Lynn Beveridge Way, King’s Lynn PE30 4NB 01553 777 307 www.mercedes-benzofkingslynn.co.uk Mercedes-Benz of Norwich Barker Street, Norwich NR2 4TN 01603 751 000 www.mercedes-benzofnorwich.co.uk Mercedes-Benz of Peterborough Club Way, Cygnet Park, Hampton, Peterborough PE7 8JA 01733 294 900 www.mercedes-benzofpeterborough.co.uk

Official government fuel consumption figures in mpg (litres per 100km) for the Mercedes-Benz range: urban 13.0(21.7)-52.3(5.4), extra urban 22.4 (12.6)-74.3 (3.8), combined 17.8(15.9)-64.2(4.4). CO2 emissions: 378-115 g/km.

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The Cambridge-based interior design company, CS55 Design, with their fifteen years combined experience, run projects both large and small for domestic as well as commercial clients. Whether their brief is to design a functional yet tranquil bathroom or an inspirational working environment, the award-winning team at CS55 will be sure to focus on what they believe to be the most important element of interior design: understanding the client’s brief. Telephone 01223 812626 www.cs55design.co.uk

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REGION Bodywork Therapy is a Dermalogica and O.P.I salon offering professional and affordable beauty treatments from a spacious and relaxing studio. You’ll find it at 200 Cambridge Road, Great Shelford, with free parking directly outside. For a full treatment list and pricing call Mirfet Spiller on 01223 479277 or visit www.bodyworktherapy.info

Based in East harling, Norfolk, Cocoa Delicious is a new company started by Laura Cotton, who makes hot chocolate spoons made handmade from 100% Belgian chocolate. They are available in a delicious range of flavours including butterscotch, hazelnut, orange or strawberries and champagne, and for the less adventurous, they also produce spoons of just milk, white or dark chocolate. Stir the spoon into your favourite hot milky drink to make the perfect hot chocolate and kids may like to choose from either milk or white chocolate topped with a sprinkling of smarties, marshmallows or fudge. They make a great gift or an unusual wedding

There are few things more delicious than a bowl of new potatoes smothered in butter with chopped fresh mint. Now award-winning, Colchester-based Fairfields Farm Crisps has harnessed that scrumptiousness in a bag of hand-cooked crisps – perfect for summer picnics. Using mint sourced from Stangroom Brothers, a Norfolk family farm, and potatoes grown in the Colne Valley, Butter & Mint crisps are just one of three deliciously moreish new flavours from the Essex-based crisp producer, which also includes Sea Salt & Black Pepper and No Salt. Fairfields Farm Crisps are available from farm shops, delicatessens and branches of Co-op in the East of England, and by mail order via www.fairfieldsfarmcrisps.co.uk eastlife.co.uk|15


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With British produce and provenance at the top of the agenda right now, the newly relaunched Jackpots crisps are the perfect snack for patriotic celebrations this summer. Produced using hand-selected potatoes, all grown on a farm in Wormingford, near Colchester, Essex, a bag of Jackpots not only tastes delicious, but is filled with real provenance as only the best locally-dug spuds make the cut, before being hand-cooked, flavoured and packed on the farm. Food miles are practically non-existent! “We wanted to deliver a crisp that tastes great and really sums up Britain,” explains founder and third-generation potato farmer Robert Strathern. “The potatoes are grown on home soil and the crisps hand-cooked and packed on our own farm before being flavoured using thoroughly British ingredients. Best of all, they have a crunch and taste to rival any other crisp brand!” There are five delicious flavours in the Jackpots range: Lightly Salted, Roast Beef and Horseradish, Mature English Cheddar and Spring Onion, Sweet Thai Chilli and Sea Salt and Cyder Vinegar, and each one brings together classic taste combinations, with a modern and British twist – perfect for summer entertaining or to munch on whilst watching the Diamond Jubilee celebrations or Olympic Games!

The National Trust has teamed up with national treasures Wallace and Gromit to help lead the country’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The loveable duo’s new mini animation will be shown for the first time ever at Trust places including Felbrigg Hall and Anglesey Abbey in the East of England. The funny flick has been specially created for the National Trust festivities and shows the pair preparing for the big weekend, by scaling the ladders to hoist the bunting up around a magnificent Trust manor. The mini animation and a behind the scenes documentary, are to be exclusively screened at the Trust’s 70 Jubilee parties across the country. Wallace & Gromit’s Jubilee Bunt-a-thon will be shown on 4th June at Felbrigg Hall in Norfolk (11am – 10.30pm) and at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire (10.30am – 5.30pm), where there will be some cracking Jubilee parties. As well as the debut of the mini animation and behind the scenes ‘making of…’ film, throughout the day visitors will be able to sit back, relax and watch some other favourite Aardman films. There will be Wallace and Gromit model making workshops with trained Aardman animators (places limited on the day), themed trails, a variety of fun games for children and exclusive themed retail and catering treats for all the family.

How about dining in a restaurant run by the stars of the future? That’s exactly what you can do at Shelly’s. This unique 100-seater restaurant in the heart of Suffolk New College in Ipswich is hosted by training catering and hospitality students, providing a modern, vibrant, and inspiring learning environment for the professionals of the future. Shelly’s is open to the public, and you can also enjoy a pre-dinner drink in McCoy's Bar. To make a reservation please call 01473 382500 16|eastlife.co.uk


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Norfolk Hideaways offer a range of prestige properties dotted along the north Norfolk coast. Coastal property, 3 Sawpit Cottages at Brancaster, dishes up tremendous nostalgia, being the home of the late David Croft famed for a string of comedy TV hits including Are you Being Served? Dad’s Army and ‘Allo ‘Allo. David Croft spent many happy summers at Sawpit and it’s said that he wrote most of Dad’s Army at this cottage, sat in the sitting room! The charming cottage has antique furniture, spacious kitchen and family bathroom. Pets are welcome, it sleeps four and prices start from £305 per week. Check availability online www.norfolkhideaways.co.uk or call 01485 211022. Why not combine your stay and take a tour at the Dad’s Army Museum in Thetford, Norfolk? www.dadsarmythetford.org.uk. Tel: 01842 751975

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OFFERS AND COMPETITIONS Keep checking our website for some great competitions and offers. Win tickets to shows such as An Evening of Burlesque at Cromer Pier Theatre, or great family events like the East of England Show and Euston Rural Pastimes. You can even win a year’s subscription to Eastlife just be liking us on Facebook. Make sure you keep checking the website regularly as new ticket giveaways are being added all the time. All you need to do to enter is go to www.eastlife.co.uk and click on Offers & Competitions.

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Cambridgeshire’s newest Antiques & Collectors Fair, organised by Thoroughbred Events, launches on Monday 25th June at Huntingdon Racecourse. There are 3 further dates for 2012, 23rd July, 20th August and 24th September. The fair opens at 7:30am - 9:00am (£5 entry) and 9:00am – 3:00pm (£3 entry). There are plenty of indoor and outdoor stalls to browse, along with superb refreshments and plenty of free parking. If you find a bargain that doesn’t fit in the car there is also a delivery service available on the day. Huntingdon Racecourse is an ideal location being only half a mile from the A14 and provides the perfect setting for a day out bargain hunting. Auctioneer David Palmer, of TV’s “Flog It” will also be on hand throughout the day to give valuations so if you think you have a valuable antique in your attic or shed bring it along and find out! For more information or to book a stall contact Matt (07725 406272) or John (07786 967993) or visit www.thoroughbredevents.co.uk


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Get moving Experts at Persimmon Homes will help to get you moving this summer Property experts at leading Anglian

house builder Persimmon Homes are offering house hunters a wide range of offers and incentives to help get people moving this summer. Head of sales and marketing, Alison Page, said: “We know there are a lot of people who are desperate to move house, but many are unsure how to buy their first property or feel they are trapped in their current home. “We can introduce prospective buyers to an independent financial advisor or our experienced and knowledgeable sales team are on hand to offer practical solutions and advice to anyone who needs help to get moving. “For example, we know of people who are trapped in negative equity, or Housebuilder Charles Church is to lead the industry with the announcement that it is launching a range of sustainable solution options within new housing developments across East Anglia. Home buyers will be offered a choice of sustainable solutions including solar photovoltaic systems (PV), energy saving voltage optimisation and wireless zoning control, and a solar thermal monitoring device. Also being installed as standard in all new Charles Church homes are Smart meters, allowing the

who want to trade up – or even downsize – but are struggling to sell their existing home.” “Our experts can advise on part exchange, renting out your current house while you buy a new home and the incentives available to those who are looking for their very first property. “FirstBuy is the government equity loan scheme which helps first time buyers with smaller mortgage deposits. Persimmon was awarded the largest FirstBuy allocation of any housebuilder, meaning we have a wide choice available to buyers across our Anglia locations. “Meanwhile, Persimmon Part Exchange enables buyers to use our expertise to sell their existing house, homeowner to monitor energy use, well ahead of a national requirement to fit them which comes into force late in 2014. The options can be added in the same way as an upgraded kitchen or flooring as part of the Charles Church Select programme during build and are being introduced at all new Charles Church developments in the Anglia region. The first site to benefit will be the new Oaklands development in Wymondham, where construction has commenced in preparation for a June launch. Many households add energy

saving time and money. In some cases, we are even able to buy their current property ourselves, making it even easier to get the keys to their new home. “Why not visit one of our developments across Norfolk and Suffolk to find out how we can help you?” A range of 95 per cent mortgages are also now being introduced by lenders through the NewBuy scheme, supported by the Government and leading house builders such as Persimmon. To search for a Persimmon Homes Anglia site near you, or for more information about the many special offers available, visit www.persimmonhomes.com efficient solutions following purchase, but Charles Church want to take this further by integrating solutions during the building process. In addition to energy efficient options, many Charles Church homes are built with Space4 timber frame technology which has improved insulation and air-tightness. This can provide homeowners with up to 50 per cent lower energy bills. For further information about Charles Church visit www.charleschurch.com eastlife.co.uk|21


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Interiors

Whilst the Jubilee celebrations will be over all too soon there are lots of wonderful furniture and accessories about which will remind us of the celebrations for years to come. Enjoy the moment, embrace the barrage of red white and blue, and all manner of interesting, fun and fabulous ďŹ nds for your home, your family and friends. Fenella Fairrie.

Jubilant June

Time for tea Collectable, delectable and oh so English. The Emma Bridgewater designs ooze English celebratory charm and tradition. This Jubilee collection will serve as great looking, practical additions to your home as well as, valuable collectables for the future. Quintessentially English, the tea pot is a must have however, with the range including all sorts from trinket pots to tea towels to the good old mug, there is something for everyone. The Parsley Pot in Bury St Edmunds stock the full range so take a look at www.theparsleypot.com for more information.

Crowning glory When it comes to cushions and soft furnishings, I love to mix textures and fabrics. To jazz up your sofa or an armchair how about this sumptuous Designers Guild Royal Collection Jubilee Crown Cushion in Teal. The beautiful rich silk will effortlessly introduce elegance and sophistication to your home and of course the decadent design will prove to be a lasting reminder of a memorable summer. In addition, the ivory colour with damson detail is a refreshing, on trend alternative to red, white and blue. See www.designersguild.com for your local stockist

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Interiors

Pomp and ceremony Introduce a dash of Regal grandeur into your home. Great fun in a hallway, conservatory, even a bathroom or utility room. A good bit of British pomp and ceremony and certainly a talking point if discovered in the smallest room of the house! Likewise, the union jack upholstered chairs will add majesty and might to your home. The combination of the traditional chair and the bold fabric design makes these chairs a style statement and talking point. Both the plaque and the chairs are available from The House In Town, 23 St. Peters Street in Ipswich. Visit The House In Town to see their extensive collection of furniture and home accessories.

Fly the flag

Funky trunks Storage solutions are crucial in every home and so these beautiful Union Jack themed storage trunks combine practical purpose with patriotic. As a set of three different sizes, all manner of things can be stashed away and whether used to store clothes, toys, blankets or treasures, the vintage look and style will work in any home. I spotted them in John Lewis in Cambridge so take a look at www.johnlewis.com

I simply can’t resist this fabulous Limited Edition Union Jack Blanket from Aldeburgh based Runaway Coast. Made from the softest cashmere and wool and measuring 135 x 220cm, what a great way to fly the flag and show how proud we are to be British. Perfect as a funky home accessory on a bed, as a chic quality throw, for picnics on the beach, to satisfy trendy teenagers or to snuggle up with the children. The beautiful, lasting quality can be enjoyed for years to come. Visit www.runawaycoast.com for more info.

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have a borderline compulsive obsession with plastic containers but a kitchen with less storage space than your average sized fridge. This has led to many a shameful moment when dinner guests, eager to help with the cooking process, have yanked open cupboard doors and stood aghast as they find themselves ankle deep in multi-shaped plastic boxes. I have tried to kick the habit but with no anonymous self-help group available and supermarkets continued discounting of the handy little items, well, I just can’t seem to stop. So the issue of storage space has had to be addressed and a much needed kitchen makeover seriously considered. But oh, it’s a daunting prospect! A plethora of DIY disaster TV shows warn of how challenging a task re-jigging your kitchen can be. Popular advice would suggest that it’s all in the planning, so that, it seems, is the place to begin. What’s wrong? It may well be that you have lived with the problems presented by your own kitchen for so long that you can’t recognise that the fridge door bangs the kitchen table every time it’s opened, so try to take an objective look at your kitchen as if through a fresh pair of eyes. If that fails then ask the opinion of friends. Halt them if they begin a passionate put-down of your chicken motif T-towel collection – this isn’t the input that you need! What for? Carefully consider what your kitchen is used for. The obvious answer might be cooking but not all of us have taken on board the time-consuming trend of cooking from fresh and visit our kitchens only long enough to fill the kettle or turn the timer on the

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microwave. Is your kitchen the heart of the family home, with children doing their homework as you cook, wash-up or iron? Are you regularly throwing dinner parties on a Nigella-like scale? Perhaps your kitchen has to double as an office or a playroom? What cost? Once you have realistically calculated how much you have to spend, make a list, in order of priority, of what you need and want to change. If the layout of your kitchen is all wrong then there’s every chance you’ll have to move services and this can get expensive. Likewise if your plans include a strip out of existing kitchen

units factor in the demolition labour costs and the hire of a skip. Where a makeover involves structural work there will be a considerable rise in your overall costs and if an architect is used then this could add 10% to your overall cost. Be sure to get a quote from several kitchen designers as a bespoke kitchen can in the long run be a cost effective option. What space? The shape of your kitchen will largely determine the type of layout available to you. If your kitchen is long and thin then you can be fairly sure that a galley kitchen is your only option. It goes without saying that the bigger your space the more variations are open for eastlife.co.uk|29


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What floor? More often than not kitchens are thoroughfares and encounter a lot of traffic. If this is the case then your choice of flooring needs to be durable and easy to clean. Flooring is the most difficult and costly element to replace so make sure you choose wisely. The variety of flooring these days is huge, from stone and tiles to wood and laminates but if you’re planning on a DIY job then be sure that the material you choose is easy to work with.

What style? Are you hankering for sleek, white, minimalism or is rustic and cosy more your thing? Don’t be too concerned about marrying your kitchen style with the period of your property as current design now regularly sees the two working in harmony. The overall look of your kitchen will be greatly affected by the choice of either freestanding or built-in units but be aware that awkward-shaped rooms will generally rule out the use of freestanding pieces.

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not given careful enough thought. Lighting choice not only has practical implications but also can enhance the design and feel of your kitchen. Separate out the space into different zones: ambient lighting for general areas; good task lighting for preparation or cooking areas; pendant lights for a dining table or other focus; and feature lighting to highlight architectural features and enhance the style or change the mood. Work the artificial light around the natural light that comes into your kitchen for the ultimate lighting solution. What surfaces? Firstly ensure that your design includes enough work surface space and bear in mind that you will always need more than you think. As long as you’ve got sufficient storage your surfaces should remain clutter free. Again, the choice available is now huge: sealed timber is popular but needs some maintenance; stainless steel is notoriously difficult to keep clean but, as its name would suggest, is stain resistant; composite is a manmade material that mimics the look of stone but can stain; Corian is available in a multitude of colours and highly durable. What storage? And finally storage! Whether you opt for integrated storage, high-level, mid-level, low-level or open shelves be sure to firstly consider how much you need and secondly where it needs to be. A good declutter of your existing kitchen cupboards is a good plan so that you can accurately assess how much equipment, crockery etc you need a home for. Positioning of the right sized cupboards is essential and it’s best to plan this around the ‘work triangle’ of cooker, fridge and sink.

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Summer life

With the average size of the British garden shrinking at the same rate as our average days of summer there is a need now, more than ever, to enjoy our outdoor spaces, however small and at every possible opportunity. The humble patio, in our unsettled climate, has become something of a salvation, allowing us to enjoy the outdoors on a surface that will not be turned into a Glastonbury swamp after a heavy downpour. Patios, without some creativity, can look rather like unused car parks, so follow our simple tips to ensure that you make the most of your precious outdoor space. 1 Invest in an attractive yet practical hard surface and break up with interesting areas of planting. Remember that you’re probably going to be moving furniture about so a flat surface is essential. Paving stones are a popular choice, from sandstone and granite to cheaper manufactured lookalikes. Alternatively timber decking is economical and relatively straightforward to install.

2 A patio doesn’t have to be square and a more interesting look can be achieved by setting out a round or curved design with complementing soft edged areas of planting.

your mood or occasion. Choose bright and bold colours for a summer garden party or sophisticated neutrals and plenty of candle light for an evening soiree.

3 Don’t restrict planting to one level but instead break it up by adding raised beds that can be seen at eye level. Climbing plants can be used to dress walls or fences to add colour, scent and texture.

7 Water features are not just the preserve of stately homes. The soothing sound of tinkling water is easily achievable in a small space and if you’ve not the budget to call in the professionals then there are a variety of DIY options on the market.

4 Pots are a staple of any good patio. Group together different shapes and sizes and plant with complementary coloured flowering plants. If you’re going for a more contemporary look then invest in one or two large scale pots and fill with architectural plants. 5 Add texture and interest to a plain wall with iridescent glass mosaic tiles that will catch the natural light during the day and shimmer by fairy light at night. 6 Dressing your patio is where the fun starts! Remember that your patio area is, in a sense, a temporary installation and can be accessorised according to

8 Choose hardwearing outdoor furniture that suits your needs. If you’re keen on alfresco dining then invest in a sturdy table and chairs but if lounging is more your style then check out the huge choice of comfy seating options now on the market, from sofas to swinging pod seats. 9 Outdoor lighting can be hugely atmospheric: combine strings of fairy lights with candle lanterns and tea lights in hanging jars. 10 And finally, the all-important parasol. Need I say more! eastlife.co.uk|35


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Patio Living Sofia Rattan Love Seat. Made from natural 5mm high quality all weather rattan. This set is fully weatherproof and is resistant to extremes of heat and cold. Maintenance free. Vogue Home and Garden www.voguerattanfurniture.co.uk

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Monet Garden Bench, £395. The Monet range has soft, curvaceous lines and an elegantly arched back with a smooth roll topped finish. Jo Alexander 01954 267 857 www.joalexander.co.uk

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Kids in the garden If you share your house with small people you will know how gladly you greet their disappearing wellies as they slam out of the back door and into the garden. And of course you’re pleased to have them relinquish the remote control and venture into the outdoors to breathe in some air but face it, you’re doubly pleased that there’s some peace and that any mucky stuff that they might want to do won’t involve a two-day clear up operation. So it pays all round to make your garden, big or small, as enticing as possible. If you’re something of a neat freak around the home then let go of the reigns outdoors and allow at least some space for children to explore their creative (muddy, oozy, sludgy, slushy) side. Whether the favoured activity includes water, paints, bubbles or mud, if it’s not on your kitchen table then the answer can be a parent award-winning ‘why, of course sweetie’.

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A playhouse: for hiding, for pretending, for storing Children just love a mini home of their own but if you can’t stretch to a full-scale summer house or purpose built playhouse then a cheaper option is a pop up tent of some description. Pack them off with an assortment of mini snacks, a blanket and an imaginary friend and they’ll be happy for hours. If all else fails get creative with a sheet and the washing line.

Storage Once the little ones have had their fill of the backyard and are safely tucked up in bed it’s important to be able to enjoy some grown-ups only time in the garden. Of course you’re thinking that all that’s needed to achieve this is a comfortable seat and a cold glass of wine but how much sweeter will the moment of rest be if you’re not staring at Bob the Builder’s scattered tool collection. Outdoor storage chests are much more attractive these days and will prove an invaluable addition to any outdoor space.

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Kids Pop Up Princess The Cambridge Toy Shop www.cambridgetoyshop.co.uk

Flat, hoseable surface: no tripping, no slipping, no bumping, no scraping. No plasters, no crying! Whilst there’s no need for your garden to be bulldozed into a prison exercise yard, if you have under 5s you will never regret installing, at least, a small area that is a stumble free zone. Great for ball bouncing, scooting, running in circles (for some unfathomable reason or another) and space hopping.

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Accessories: for playing, for eating, for drinking, for doing The average child’s desire to be helpful begins to diminish soon after their seventh birthday so make use of their eagerness whilst you can. Little green fingers can be annoying when you’re trying to do your pruning but given some basic mini tools little ones can be kept in useful employment sorting, picking up, and watering for many a happy hour. Extra parent points are awarded for garden projects that involve some aspect of useful scientific learning. Plastic cups and plates are cheap and readily available in all supermarkets and perfect for feeding time.

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A sturdy table and bench: for artwork, for eating, for chatting Particularly useful when friends come for tea. As grandparents are particularly fond of pointing out, children’s table manners simply aren’t what they used to be, so when you have a bulk load of kids it’s safer to have them eating somewhere other than your kitchen. Don’t let our silly weather prevent your plans for alfresco dining, a cheap gazebo means that pizza can be served even in the rain. A durable surface is also useful for sloppy art projects, laying out of bug collections and Match Box car racing.

Wheelbarrow The Cambridge Toy Shop www.cambridgetoyshop.co.uk

The Big Stuff: for bouncing, for swimming, for climbing If you’re fortunate enough to have a large garden then it’s a no brainer to fork out on a large item of play equipment, choosing from climbing frames, a trampoline or a swimming pool. These are investment pieces though so take some time and select carefully. Check out several specialist retailers before you make a purchase and make sure you ask the right questions.

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helsea Flower Show will have been built, admired and removed all with the space of a few weeks. From the reports I’ve been reading a week before the show, many of this year’s show gardens will have included water as an integral part of the design – not a very surprising fact since that’s how the very first gardens began. The earliest recorded gardens were seen in Egypt in around 3000BC. Reports show that the Egyptians’ desire to produce offerings during their mummification festivals was the catalyst for their desire to design and build gardens. It must have become evident fairly soon afterwards that another good reason for a garden is much the same as it is today – it’s just a nice place to be. The Egyptians’ ordered and structured society was reflected in their gardens and this translated into geometry and symmetry in the garden layout. The formal layout of these early gardens made irrigating in the hot, dry climates much easier – channels conveniently divided the garden around the geometric growing areas. In grander gardens, these irrigation channels became formal pools with fish. There were arbours to sit under, overhung with vines and shade giving palms. Sounds familiar? (apart maybe from the palms!) These gardens preceded the formal style of the Persian gardens, and then the Spanish Moorish gardens and the style stayed very much in fashion up until the landscape movement, when vast formal gardens were swept away to form large open parklands, in direct contrast to what had gone before.

Our design studio is currently working on a commission to design a series of Palace Gardens in Central Africa where we’ll be looking closely at combining traditional and modern garden styles and uses of water. Make it natural So if you’re thinking about including some kind of water in your garden, here are some things to consider. Achieving the right shape of water is vital. Naturally water collects as it runs off from surrounding hills – it may or may not be fed by a stream. We try to copy this principle on a smaller scale for natural pools and this isn’t easy to replicate in the Cambridgeshire landscape! Try to overcome the urge to site a natural pool in an unnatural setting. There are many other ways of achieving water, or the sound of it, in your garden so try to visualise how nature would do it. A pond will always look best at the

lowest point of the garden and gently banking one side of the pond and planting appropriately will help the illusion. It might seem obvious, but getting the waterline level all around the pond is key. If a pool is correctly sited and the edges to it are convincingly natural, the chances are that you will want to sit by it. Recreational areas around the pool become part of its framework and a decked platform, possibly surrounded by post and rail fencing for safety, contributes to the enjoyment of outdoor life. Natural swimming If you like the idea of swimming in a pond, by including a biological filtration system, you will be able to keep the water clean enough to enjoy a dip. This type of pool offers an alternative to chemical pools. Being chlorine free, they work with micro-organisms and plants balancing the water chemistry, ® eastlife.co.uk|43


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Gardening keeping clear conditions for natural swimming. In addition to a natural looking pool, different styles mean you can have a pool which looks as formal as a traditional chemical pool. You can also heat natural pools up to 28°.

Plants for June Astrantia ‘Hadspen Blood’

Dark red button flowers surrounded by a ruff start to come into flower in June. For best colour plant in sun, but some varieties do equally well in shady spots.

Digitalis ‘Sutton’s Apricot’

Stately spires of apricot flowers above rosettes of dark green leaves appear in June. This can be planted in groups towards the back of the border and will do well in both sun and shade Water to sit by On a terrace or in a small garden, a raised pool makes good use of restricted spaces. Raising the sides to a low sitting height gives you a degree of added safety and extra informal seating spaces. With the head of water being raised, you can add a lower pool quite easily and sound of water flowing between the two can either be a soft and gentle backdrop noise, or by turning up the pump you can mask peripheral unwanted sounds! Just some paving? An elegant solution to achieving water in a tiny space can be achieved by raising a vessel onto a plinth type structure and attaching an electric pump to circulate the water. As long as it’s structurally sound, any combination can be used. KITCHEN GARDEN TIPS FOR JUNE Hopefully, by now, all late frosts should be over. (I am a little concerned to announce this given the extremes we’ve encountered this year). However, if this is true, the following is too. • All tender plants can go out at the end of the first week in June. • Plant out cauliflowers, cabbage, early sprouts, marrows,

Delphinium in variety

Many shades of blue spires with deeply cut leaves start to open in June. They look fantastic planted in bold groups in a sunny position. Good for back of borders even though they are short lived. Cut back after first flush to encourage late show of flowers.

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GARDEN PARTY BUYS You will find plenty of items of sale for the Golden Jubilee parties to be held in June. Here are some of my favourite fun garden items currently on sale for the Jubilee and will still be useful for the rest of the year. courgettes and tomatoes. • Stake runner beans. • Remove tops from early broad beans as pods set to lessen risk of blackfly attack. • Sow peas and salads for succession, summer spinach, beetroot, carrots, sweet corn and garden swedes. • Thin early sowings as required • Hoe between crops, except onions, which should be hand weeded later this month.

• Liquid feed onions, root crops and cauliflowers VEGETABLES IN SEASON Broad beans – both tips and immature pods which are edible, spinach, carrots, radish, salads, cauliflower (overwintered in frames) PESTS AND DISEASES Watch out for thrip on peas, cabbage root fly on cabbage, sprouts and cauliflowers. Slugs on runner beans

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AL FRESCO

Great places to drink or dine in the summer sun

Suffolk

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The Ramsholt Arms

Ye Olde Cross Keys

Located on a beautiful isolated spot in the River Deben, the Ramsholt has its own small beach with boats and yachts moored by the dock. Here you can enjoy unparalleled views up and down the river, either from the large patio or the panoramic restaurant windows. The food here is excellent and there’s always plenty of locally caught seafood on offer. Dock Road, Ramsholt, nr Woodbridge 01394 411229

This low-ceilinged 16th century inn has a large courtyard that overlooks Aldeburgh’s beautiful beach. The food’s always good, especially the fresh fish caught daily by the Aldeburgh fishermen. Sip your pint outside with a dozen local oysters, straight from Jimmy's Shed on the beach. Crabbe Street, Aldeburgh 01728 452637

Cambridgeshire The Old Ferry Boat Inn

Set in the tranquil hamlet of Holywell the Old Ferry Boat, with its thatch and white painted stone walls, overlooks the river Great Ouse and is England’s oldest inn. The inn has a large garden and serves lunch and dinner. Their traditional old English dishes are prepared using fresh local ingredients. Back Lane, Holywell, St Ives 01480 463227 Norfolk The Jolly Sailors

This friendly 18th century pub overlooks the water at picturesque Brancaster Staithe in north Norfolk. The pub serves local seafood, traditional pub grub, stone baked pizzas and ales from their own micro brewery. Main Road, Brancaster Staithe 01485 210314

Essex Rose and Crown

Positioned on the river Colne, this small friendly pub on the quay serves good home-cooked food. Barbeques and evening meals are served in the summer with a riverside table service. Catch the ferry to Rowhedge. The Quay, Wivenhoe 01206 826371

gardens and large children’s play area. The inn serves traditional pub food and has its own mooring – perfect for Broadland holidaymakers to moor up and enjoy a spot of lunch, dinner or breakfast. Old Road, Acle 01493 750288 Suffolk Hintlesham Hall

Hintlesham Hall ’s magnificent terraces and gardens are the perfect setting for an al fresco meal, be it morning coffee, afternoon tea or lunch any thing from a steak

sandwich and a pint to a three-course lunch from the All Inclusive Lunch Menu. Hintlesham, Ipswich 01473 652334 hintleshamhall.com Norfolk Buckinghamshire Arms

Situated at the gates to the National Trust’s beautiful Blickling Hall, this handsome old pub has plenty of outside tables, good, reliable food and it serves Adnams, Fullers and Woodfordes beers. Blickling 01263 732129 bucks-arms.co.uk

Cambridgeshire The Cutter Inn

The patio of The Cutter Inn is just ten feet from the River Ouse. A good a spot to enjoy a summer lunch, with lovely views over the water, and a good choice of dishes on the menu. The inn is a grade II listed building with all the traditional charm of wood floors and panels, and has a bar made from half a boat. Annesdale, Ely 01353 662713 Norfolk The Bridge Inn

This family friendly pub on the River Bure has riverside

Suffolk The Westleton Crown The Westleton Crown, set on the Suffolk Heritage Coast between Southwold and Aldeburgh, offers a distinctly different experience to your usual hotel, restaurant or pub. If there are two words to describe the food, they would be ‘hearty’ yet sophisticated. Head Chef Richard Bargewell and his highly skilled team pride themselves on their imaginative and varied menus – which have earned us an AA 2 Rosette restaurant award, as well as a considerable reputation. All of the meals – from The Westleton Crown's own fish and chips through to the finest of our à la carte dishes – are prepared on the premises, using the finest, freshest ingredients and local suppliers wherever possible. Don’t miss the summer BBQs in the stunning terraced garden on Sunday 3 June and on every Sunday from 22nd July. The Street, Westleton, Nr Southwold. 01728 648777 www.westletoncrown.co.uk eastlife.co.uk|47


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The Locks Inn

Hotel Felix

Situated on the Norfolk side of the River Waveney, this lovely old pub has a huge outdoor terrace and a lively calendar of events: folk music on Thursdays, curry on Fridays and live music on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoon. Geldeston 01508 518414 geldestonlocks.co.uk

Hotel Felix is situated in a delightful setting, just five minutes’ drive from the hustle and bustle of central Cambridge. The light and airy Orangery and relaxed garden-facing terrace lend themselves perfectly to informal lunches, al fresco dining and afternoons of pure indulgence. Our seasonally-themed menus offer a good choice of fish, meat and imaginative vegetarian options, whilst the great British tradition of afternoon tea offers mouth-watering array of finger sandwiches, freshly-baked scones served with preserves and clotted cream, pastries, cake and tea. Whitehouse Lane, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge 01223 277977 hotelfelix.co.uk

Hertfordshire The Terrace Café

A great place to meet, eat and enjoy fine wines, lagers and freshly cooked food in a café culture experience. Potter Street, Bishop’s Stortford 01279 465924 www.theterracecafe.co.uk Suffolk The Swan House

The courtyard of this excellent restaursnt is heated and lit for all year use and creates a wonderful Italian-style al fresco dining experience. Beccles 01502 713474 swan-house.com

Brudenell Hotel, Suffolk

Suffolk Brudenell Hotel

The Brudenell’s sea-facing terrace is a fusion of relaxation and pure indulgence. Its seafront setting, simply a pebble’s throw from the beach, lends itself perfectly to dining, whatever the time of day. From morning coffee and afternoon tea to long lunches or romantic candle-lit suppers, where better to enjoy the freshest and finest of food, with the soothing sound of crashing waves as background music. The Parade, Aldeburgh 01728 452071 brudenellhotel.co.uk marsh beyond to Scolt Head Island. Brancaster Staith 01485 210262 whitehorsebrancaster.co.uk

Cambridgeshire Don Pasquale

Located in Bedford’s new cultural quarter, this modern, stylish restaurant serves great grilled food and the south facing heated terrace overlooks the River Ouse and the Castle Bailey Gardens. Castle Lane, Bedford 01234 359599 bedfordriversidegrill.co.uk

Essex The large grounds of this great pub runs to the rivers edge. The outdoor eating area includes two large decks, a BBQ area and terrace. Hullbridge 01702 230777 theanchorhullbridge.co.uk

Enjoy great Italian food as you watch the lively atmosphere of the Norfolk Cambridge market. The Eagle Market Hill, Cambridge Great pub with a good sized 01223 367063 beer garden and large terrace donpasquale.co.uk area. Popular Sunday night BBQs. Newmarket Road, Norfolk Norwich 01603 624173 The Albatros theeaglepub.co.uk Unique restautrat and bar on a North Sea Klipper Bedfordshire serving a variety of Donatello’s traditional Dutch Pancakes Wonderful, popular and other Dutch specialities. traditional Italian restaurant. Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk The al fresco area seats up to 07979 087228 50 and has a barbecue area. albatros.eu.com Dunstable Street, Ampthill 01525 404666 Norfolk

Essex

Norfolk

Norfolk

The Queen’s Head

The White Horse

The Wiveton Bell

Great food and beer and a terrace overlooking the boats and barges of Maldon’s Hythe Quay. Maldon 01621 854112 thequeensheadmaldon.co.uk

The fabulous conservatory restaurant with sun deck terrace and adjoining dining area give spectacular views overlooking the Norfolk Coastal Path and the tidal

Award-winning food and a lovely south-facing garden and patio, heated and lit in the evenings. Wiveton 01263 740101 wivetonbell.co.uk

Bedfordshire

Essex Le Talbooth

Stunning fine-dining restaurant on the banks of the Stour. Dedham 01206 323150 milsomhotels.com

Bedford Riverside Grill The Anchor Hullbridge

Hotel Wroxham

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Menu or something from the al la carte lunch or dinner menu. Thorpe Bay, Southend 01702 586375 roslinhotel.com Norfolk The Waterside

Suffolk The Alex

This restaurant and bar has During the day The a a fantastic seafront Waterside café and tearooms location just across from serves a tempting range of Felixstowe prom. Choose homemade dishes and in from the Café Bar or the evening it transforms Brasserie menus and chill into a unique and stylish out on the large heated restaurant. Choose a table patio overlooking the sea. outside looking out on to Felixstowe 01394 282958 the Rollesby Broad. Rollesby alexcafebar.co.uk 01493 740531 thewatersiderollesby.co.uk Hertfordshire The Whistling Duck

Suffolk The Henny Swan

Stylish pub restaurant on the river Stour with a great beer garden and patio area. Arrive for lunch in style by boat from Sudbury during summer weekends. Great Henny 01787 269238 thehennyswan.co.uk

What better way to make the most of the warmer weather than relaxing on a peaceful decking overlooking the river Lea and sampling some of Hertfordshire's very best cuisine? Choose a snack from the lounge bar menu or a lunch or evening meal from the a la carte menu. Hertford 01992 514726 thewhistlingduck.co.uk Suffolk Ufford Park

Essex Quayside Restauarant

With views over Burnham Quay and across the river Crouch to Wallasea Island, the outside patio area is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a drink or something to eat. Burnham-on-Crouch 01621 783350 quaysiderestaurant.co.uk

Eat in the restaurant offering Table d'hote and grill, or enjoy a bar snack in the lounge/bar or al fresco on the spacious bar terrace, overlooking the golf course and Suffolk countryside. Melton, Woodbridge 01394 383555 uffordpark.co.uk Norfolk The Orange Tree

Essex Roslin Beach Hotel

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Stylish, contemporary, award-winning dining pub, nestled in a beautiful coastal village, with an attractive al fresco dining area. Thornham 01485 512213 theorangetreethornham.co.uk

Cambridgeshire Stazione

This chic, understated Italian/Mediterranean restaurant is a delight. During summer months, the front doors open onto Petty Cury where you can dine al fresco and enjoy watching the hustle and bustle of the city. Cambridge 01223 352607 stazione.co.uk Suffolk The Maybush

Delightful pub perched on the banks of the River Deben, offering panoramic views and fabulous patio areas. Waldringfield 01473 736215 debeninns.co.uk Essex Riverside Inn

Hotel, restaurant and pub in a fabulous converted corn mill. Look out for their summer BBQ menu. Chelmsford 01245 266881 riversideinnessex.co.uk Suffolk The Waterfront Restaurant

Delightful restaurant with glorious views of one of Suffolk’s award winning rural beaches. Enjoy continental and modern English cuisine on the large patio area. If you like paella, visit on a Thursday! Kessingland 01502 741525 thewaterfrontkessingland.co.uk Hertfordshire Down Hall Country House Hotel

This impressive Italianate mansion is one of England’s most established country house hotels. This summer, enjoy Down Hall’s new Terrace restaurant, an alfresco dining experience in the sophisticated

Suffolk The Ship at Dunwich Once a haunt of smugglers, you will now find a traditional coastal inn with local real ales, homemade food and real fires, comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms, an enormous garden and a beach that really is just a short stroll away. In the famous village of Dunwich and surrounded by nature reserves, heathland and beach, The Ship is a perfect base from which to explore this wild and wonderful coastline. Having lived and worked in Suffolk for his whole career The Ship’s Head Chef Matthew really understands Suffolk and the produce it has to offer. Matthew’s grandfather ran a local fish and chip shop in Snape for many, many years so he knows a thing or two about cooking The Ship’s famous fish and chips. There’s plenty to enjoy on The Ship’s menu from: pie of the day, slow-cooked pork belly, or roast red onion tart through to traditional English puddings like sticky toffee, pear and blackberry crumble and much more, accompanied by good wines at sensible prices, or proper beers and ales including Adnams and a range of guest ales. The Ship at Dunwich stands for - good, honest, top quality fare. Choose to eat in the bar, the conservatory, lovely garden or, in the evening, the dining room with its scrubbed pine tables and sisal matting. St James Street, Dunwich. 01728 648219 www.shipatdunwich.co.uk


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Norfolk The Olive Tree Restaurant

This stylish restaurant’s light and airy interior opens onto a spacious, patio terrace surrounded by box hedges. The terrace is perfect for al fresco drinks or meals, with extensive timber decking plus 1,000 square metres of gorgeous Indian sandstone paving. Its focal point is a timber bridge over a beautiful Japanese Koi carp water feature. Beyond is the summer bar area and open-air swimming pool – the finishing touch that makes the Olive Tree so special. North Walsham 01692 404900 theolivetreenorfolk.com

Restaurant situated in tranquil surroundings on the river stour in the heart of Constable Country. The restaurant hires out boats that you can take down the river – even as far as Flatford Mill, which is about a mile and a half away. Dedham 01206 323153 dedhamboathouse.co.uk Essex Sands

Enjoy lunch or an evening meal on the bar bistro’s

new dining deck with stunning estuary views. Southend-on-Sea 01702 468123 sandsbistro.co.uk Cambridgeshire La Mimosa

Situated right next to Jesus Green and overlooking the river, this is a great place to enjoy delicious Italian cuisine, have a drink and watch the punts go by on the river Cam. Cambridge 01223 362525 lamimosa.co.uk Bedfordshire The Bedford Swan

Restaurant and bar overlooking the River Ouse, and in fine weather you can enjoy an al fresco lunch on the terrace. Bedford 01234 346565 bedfordswanhotel.co.uk

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Sarah Abbott recently returned from Turkey where she discovered some delightful wines

Turkish delight

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he French were probably the first to grasp that wine and food can represent a nation. Certainly in the UK, French food and wine monopolise our idea of what is fine dining. Other nations are less fortunate, or less adept at harnessing the powers of these two ambassadors. I have just returned from a weekend of exquisite food and (in places) superb native wines in Turkey. I was one of seven Masters of Wine judging in a national wine competition held annually in Istanbul. The reaction from my family and friends as I prepared for my trip reminded me of the incredulity that greeted the first Australian wine imports in the late 1980s: Turkey? Wine? Really? One of the (many) reasons I love wine is that it mirrors our world. Turkey’s economy is booming. And with it, her vineyards and gastronomy. Despite the apparently immediate association of ‘Turkish Cuisine’ with ‘Kebabs’ in the UK, the last 20 years have seen a renaissance of a gastronomic culture in Turkey, a culture first established in the palace kitchens of the Ottoman Empire. Today, Istanbul is a seriously chic cosmopolitan city, with world-class restaurants and hotels. And most of these restaurants, in some way, celebrate the fiercely regional, varied and subtle flavours of Anatolian cuisine. It is effortlessly healthy, with a focus on fresh vegetables, fruits and spices. Aubergine, chickpeas, pomegranate, figs, mountain lamb, black sea fish, spinach, peppers and olives all abound. Pastries, sweet and savoury, are luscious, and a reminder of the richer palace cuisine. Until relatively recently, there was 54|eastlife.co.uk

little choice for the diner seeking to drink Turkish wine with this wonderful food. But this has changed. Turkey is already producing a small but growing number of world-class wines, from international and splendidly unpronounceable local varieties. Of these, the lush but fresh and fruity reds from Öküzgözü (pronounced Oh-kush-ga-zoo, and meaning Ox Eye) have probably the most international potential. Like many of Turkey’s native varieties, it has been rejuvenated by the renewed respect paid to it by a new generation of wine-makers. (Many of them, incidentally, are young women, who arrive at wine by way of food science degrees.) Vineyards are established on the coastal areas in the west and – more traditionally – in the mountainous interior. In one of those twists of history that wine is so good at uncovering, vines were first cultivated for wine making in this central part of Turkey (Anatolia) about 6000 years ago. It is quite likely that this is where wine first began.

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The wine list

Today, good Turkish reds combine a certain generosity – of fruit and texture – with lovely vibrancy, and surprising freshness. The best whites come, so far, from native varieties. Blends of the international Sauvignon Blanc with the local Narince (pronounced nar-in-jay) are especially fragrant and richly refreshing. Major UK wine importers are catching on to Turkish wines. Yazgan and Kavaklidere are two good producers being imported into the UK. Many more producers I spoke to in Istanbul had just signed their first orders, one with Marks and Spencer. You don’t get more mainstream than that! Expect to see Turkish wines appearing on supermarket shelves soon. And please do give them a try. Find out more about Turkish wines at www.winesofturkey.org Sarah Abbott is a Master of Wine, and runs wine courses, dinners and corporate events in the region. www.sarahabbottmw.com


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Silver or Gold There are few skin tones that suit both silver and gold in equal measure so take note of the jewellery that your lady loves because no doubt she will have figured this out and based her trinket collection on one or the other. If it’s gold then be aware that there are several to choose from: rose gold, yellow gold and white gold (which is confusingly not gold coloured at all!) And if it’s silver (not actual silver but silver coloured!) then your choice is platinum or white gold. Rocks Whether diamonds are

actually a girl’s best friend or not they’re often considered something of a necessity on an engagement ring. The choice of diamonds is rather daunting to the uninitiated so be sure to seek the advice of a someone in the know and consult one of our region’s specialist jewellers. Sizing This one, chaps, is more

up your street as a covert mission of Bond-like capabilities is required. Surveillance will be needed to determine which of your girlfriend’s rings sits most comfortably: if she’s constantly adjusting it or tugs it off the minute her fingers slightly swell in the heat then it’s not the correct size. If your chosen one sleeps like a hibernating bear then wrap a sneaky thin strip of paper around her finger and mark at the join. Your jeweller will then be able to size your chosen ring to fit - well, approximately at least. There’s always the option of re-sizing after she’s said ‘I will!’ eastlife.co.uk|61


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Made in England Robert Loomes’ watches are unique: they are entirely English made. John Boston spoke to the Stamford-based watchmaker…

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lbert Einstein once said ‘If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.’ Robert Loomes, the Stamford-based watchmaker, wasn’t always so sure that was what he wanted to become. The Loomes family has a history in clocks and watches, indeed, Robert’s father was quite an authority on the subject, having written many books about the history of clocks and clockmaking. Robert grew up in north Yorkshire surrounded by his father’s business, even helping during the school holidays. “It was interesting,” says Robert, “but I didn’t see it as what I wanted to do for a living.” Instead, Robert chose art and languages as his A-level subjects and went to University to study English, with the thought of one day lecturing at university himself, “a life without ever having to leave a classroom!” After less than a year, Robert knew he had made a dreadful mistake. “I went home, went to see my father, and said ‘I think I’ve made a huge mistake’ and my father just said, ‘Well, fantastic; start here tomorrow’.” Robert was in his early twenties and started working

full time in the business. “I spent five years working with my father and training with him and we used to fight a lot,” he recalls “It soon became abundantly clear that if we carried on working together we would probably murder each other.” Robert decided he was just about ready to go off and start his own workshop working from his new home in Stamford, mainly on the restoration of antique clocks. This he did for five years, at the end of which he finished the last of his qualifications. “I guess it was ten years before I could say I knew what I was doing,” he says. “Then I opened a proper workshop in Stamford, rented premises, because I needed to expand and take on staff in order to be able to cope with the amount of work that was coming through.” Robert found some space in St Leonard’s Street and the business slowly grew to the point where, after seven years, the business had taken over the building, employing around eight staff. Gradually, Robert started getting serious about watch repairing and servicing as more and more customers requested it. “I hadn’t paid a huge amount of attention to my

watchmaking exams, but I suddenly began to realize that it was very interesting, from a technical point of view. Trying to do things much, much smaller is a lot more difficult. And it was at that time, around 2005, that I started making – purely for the fun of it – one or two watches for myself.” Robert made his first watch with an off-the-shelf case and plain white dial without numerals; the only way to tell the time was by the position of the hands. He wore the watch for two years, constantly tweaking it, and hearing enough comments and compliments to convince him to try to make watches commercially. Robert moved to new, surgically clean premises (“Dust is the enemy of watchmaking”) at the end of 2008, and started work manufacturing watches. In 2009 they made a batch of one hundred, stainless steel, automatic wrist watches. “Very simple, very straight-forward, nothing exciting, except for the fact we’d built them ourselves, and we were immensely proud of what we did. I thought I was ludicrously brave to make a hundred watches, and they sold out by the end of the year.” Robert Loomes & Co. have not

The Robin is an entirely English made, manual wind wrist watch. It is a limited edition of one hundred signed and numbered watches and is only for sale in Stamford. At the heart of the watch is a 1950’s English movement. Originally made by Smiths, this is the same mechanism that Sir Edmund Hillary famously carried to the summit of Everest. Entirely re-worked for the Robin watch, the mechanism is highly polished in the workshops and then engraved with a distinctive new design to echo those Thomas Loomes used in the 17th century for his own English watches. Once done, the plates are plated with 22 carat gold. Robert Loomes are the only firm in England to cut and polish our own sapphire crystals - it became a vital aspect of creating an entirely English-made watch. Unlike factory produced watches the Robin requires a significant degree of skill to assemble. Parts are not immediately interchangeable and the jewel height of seven out of the sixteen jewels is individually set to ensure each watch runs with the best possible performance. 62|eastlife.co.uk


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looked back since, and while they still do repairs and restoration work, most of Robert’s time is now spent on the design planning and making of watches. The next step was to make the watch even more unique. A lot of the parts being used to make the watches were Swiss, but Robert was encouraged to make an all-English watch. This would make the watch ten times more expensive, but immensely more desirable. Robert was able to source some incredible English manufacturers - including a Hertfordshire company who were able to provide a piece of machinery to cut and polish the tiny ‘sapphire’ glass (aluminium oxide). The company specialised in making tiny, high quality lenses for cameras that are used in satellites, and the machine,

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amazingly, was used originally in the 1940s to polish wrist watch glass. Robert began producing their all-English watch, The Robin, at the end of last year, in batches of one hundred, and demand is very high, with a waiting time of around 6-8 weeks. “People like the fact that their watch is made for them,” says Robert. It’s a nice feeling for people: ‘I went to see Robert Loomes and they made me a watch’. We quite like that.” And what about the original watch that Robert made for himself? “It’s still in a drawer and I take it out now and again and look at it and smile.” Robert Loomes & Co, 4 St Mary’s Hill, Stamford. 01780 481319 www.robertloomes.com

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Isa isa baby Welcome to our new columnist, money saving expert Martin Lewis, who this month gives his Top Ten cash ISA need-to-knows...

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hrow your bowler hats in the area and shout “happy new

(tax) year!” Okay, perhaps that’s overdoing it, but the one bit of good news is this wipes the cash ISA slate clean. Every UK adult can now put £5,640 in one of these savings accounts, even if you opened one last month, just before the end of the old tax year. Better still, a price war means rates are near their highest for years. Here’s the 10 top cash ISA need-to-knows. 1 A cash ISA’s just a tax-free savings account. It sounds more complex than

it is. It’s just a risk-free savings allowance every UK taxpayer aged 16+ has, where your interest isn’t taxed. Basic rate taxpayers normally hand over 20% of their savings interest to the taxman, but in an ISA you keep that, meaning you earn a quarter more interest. 2 You can now save even more this year. This year’s new cash ISA limit

introductory bonus rate hikes lasting a year. In other words, the rates will plummet then, so to avoid getting caught out, make a note in your diary to ditch and transfer. 4 The top fixed deals pay up to 4.5% AER. With fixed ISAs, you lock cash

away for a period in return for guaranteed rates. You can access your cash before then, but there are heavy interest penalties if you do so. Top payers include Halifax paying 4.25% to 4.5 % if you lock away for 3-5 3 The top easy access deal pays 3.5% years, plus BM Savings at 4.05 % AER. If you might need quick access to for two years and Santander at 3.5% for a year. your cash, the Cheshire Building Intriguingly, Santander also has a Society pays 3.5% AER (min £1,000). If you’ve less, the Principality Building two-year deal at 4%, but it pays 4.1% Society is 3.1 % (min £1). Nationwide if Rory McIlroy wins a major. Again, the best buys do change regularly, so FlexAccount holders can take check before getting them. advantage of its branch-based Flexclusive ISA at 4.25% AER. These 5 Once in, it’s tax-free, year after year. rates can change daily, so for a daily The gain isn’t just for this year. Once updated list and more info, see in an ISA, your savings remain free of www.moneysavingexpert.com/cashISAs. Do note all of these include income tax, year after year.

is £5,640, up from £5,340. If you want to invest in shares too, the overall ISA allowance is £11,280, up from £10,680.

6 You needn’t stick to one provider.

Don’t think the “you can only have one new cash ISA per year” rule means “you can only have one cash ISA”. Even if you have existing ISAs, you can open a new one now with a new provider. The golden rule is: you can only open a cash ISA with one provider in a tax year, you can’t split it. 7 Even at 3.5% tax-free, it can beat 5% normal savings. With normal

savings, a basic taxpayer loses 20% interest in tax, higher 40%, top 50%. So to earn the same as a 3.5% ISA, a basic taxpayer needs normal savings at 4.4%, higher rate 5.8% and top rate 7% – virtually impossible. 8 It’s what you ‘put in’ that counts.

No, I’m not growing long hair (chance’d be a fine thing) and becoming a hippy. You’re allowed to PUT IN £5,640 by 5 April 2013. You can withdraw it anytime, but then it can’t be returned. The best way to explain is with an example. Suppose you’ve put £5,000 in this ® eastlife.co.uk|65


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year, and you’ve £640 more allowed. If you then withdraw £1,000, that’s irrelevant, you can still only put £640 more in. 9 Earn £100s/year more on old ISAs too. Many banks entice you with

flashy rates then slash ‘em later. ISA providers love us to think once our money’s in, it’s a done deal. This is wrong. You’ve a right to transfer past years’ cash ISAs to the new best buys – if you’ve got serious cash saved in them, this can make a massive difference.

Many of the fixed deals above allow transfers in. If you’re looking for easy access, the best payer allowing new cash & transfers are NatWest at 3.5% AER if you’ve £30,000+ or Santander’s 3.3% AER deal (min £2.5k). Though, again, the rates on these will drop in a year so you’ll need to diarise to ditch and transfer. For more help and daily updated options, see www.moneysavingexpert.com/ISAtransfers 10 Don’t delay, open it now. You can

always add to it later. Thinking, “I’ve still a year to get one”? Well, first of

all, rates are usually much higher at this point in the year. Plus, the earlier you start, the longer you’re earning interest that’s tax-free. Finally, remember that provided your money is in a UK-regulated bank or building society, it’s protected under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme for up to £85,000. I’ve focussed on cash ISAs, as investing isn’t my thing, but you can use your ISA for that too, although the tax-advantage is more limited.

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Cooling off Consumer expert and celebrity lawyer Dean Dunham joins our team with a monthly column to advise you on your rights as a consumer. This month he looks at cooling off periods for returning goods or cancelling services.

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commencement of the service begins before the end of the 7 days cancellation period, then you give up your right to cancel. 2 Buying away from the trader’s normal place of business You also have the right to return the goods or cancel a service within 7 days if i) you pay more than £35.00 for the goods or services and ii) you purchase from a seller who sells you the goods or services from a location other than their usual place of business. So, for example, if you buy something from a trader at an exhibition this is obviously not their usual place of business so the 7 day rule will apply. 3 Buying from a doorstep seller Again, you have the right to return the goods or cancel a service within 7 days if i) you pay more than £35.00 When does the cooling off for the goods or services and ii) you period apply? buy something from a trader as a The cooling off period applies in the result of a visit to your home or place following situations: of work (whether or not the visit was 1 When you buy online from shops requested by you). In these or suppliers circumstances you will be protected If you purchase goods or services by what is known as the Doorstep online, by phone or by mail order Selling Regulations – or to give it its your purchase is generally subject to the Distance Selling Regulations. One real title: The Cancellation of Contracts made in a Consumer’s of the key provisions under these regulations is a “cooling off period” of Home or Place of Work etc. Regulations 2008. These regulations 7 days during which you have the right to return the goods or cancel the give you a cooling off period of 7 services that you have purchased. You calendar days during which time must provide notice of cancellation in you have the right to cancel and get writing and it must be posted to, left a full refund. at, faxed or emailed to the business address of the supplier, and you must Are there any exceptions? Yes there are some obvious exceptions ensure this is done no later than 7 to the rules relating to cooling off working days after receipt of goods. periods. You will not have the right to If you have bought a service under a cancel and therefore do not have a distance selling contract and

enerally speaking you are unable to return goods to the seller unless they are faulty or not fit for purpose. However, under certain circumstances, you are given the right to cancel over a specific period of time. This is known as your “cooling off period” and the duration of this period depends on what you bought and the manner in which you bought it. In the case of services, the cooling-off period normally ends seven working days after the day the order was made - or after written confirmation is received. In the case of goods, the cooling-off period normally ends seven working days after the day the goods are received.

cooling off period with the purchase of the following goods: • Goods made to a personalised specification • Audio/video recordings or software where the seal has been broken • Newspapers, magazines or other reading material (this does not include books) • Gaming, betting, lottery tickets/bets • accommodation, transport, catering or leisure services • package travel • food, drinks or other goods delivered regularly to the consumer’s home or workplace by a ‘regular roundsman’ such as a milkman or domestic oil supplier • goods that are perishable or can't be returned, such as frozen food and fresh flowers • services that begin, by agreement, before the end of the cooling-off period What do I do if I want to take advantage of the cooling off period?

You must inform the seller in writing, by letter, fax or email of your decision to cancel the service or return the goods. Make sure that you have evidence that you have done this within the specified time period (i.e.: 7 days). It is suggested that you send an email which would provide evidence of the date that you sent it. The seller must then reimburse you as soon as possible, but in any event, within 30 days of your request. If you have any queries about your consumer rights visit Dean’s website www.youandyourrights.com eastlife.co.uk|67


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City STAR There’s a new model around town. Sue Cooke tries out Skoda’s Citigo… SALES of cars that are perfect for city

driving have doubled and until now it is a sector that Skoda hasn’t ventured into. However, in 2010 Skoda set itself a multi million pound investment strategy which includes a new corporate identity and over the next six months, new products. Enter the Citigo, a three and five door city car. It has a class leading wheelbase of 2.4m so there is adequate room in the rear for passengers legs and at its launch, I didn’t notice a ‘too close for comfort’ feeling between me and my co-driver. The longer wheelbase, just half a metre shorter than its sibling, the Fabia, also gives class leading boot space of 951 litres with the seats down and 251 litres in normal mode. Extra storage is helped by a much deeper boot than other cars in this sector. The Citigo has a traditional exterior and in my opinion, a somewhat old fashioned looking square rear end. The interior though has a more contemporary feel with the inner doors trimmed in the same colour metal as the exterior colour. There are three trim levels and Skoda expects 48 per cent of buyers will choose the medium SE trim, 41 per cent will opt for the top of the range Elegance. The range of features include radio CD, an infotainment system with sat nav, phone and Bluetooth. As safety is important to buyers of city cars, ESP braking technology is standard and the 68|eastlife.co.uk

Citigo has received a 5 star Euro NCAP rating. The top of the range trim has the benefit of optional City Safe safety technology which we were allowed to test at the launch, albeit with a polystyrene filled wall. Drive towards an object at up to 30mph and if the car senses that the driver isn’t going to stop, the car will automatically brake. There are two 1 litre 3 cylinder engines to choose from with fantastic green technology. The Greentech

version, with under 100g/km CO2 emissions will mean buyers won’t pay road tax or congestion charges and combined fuel consumption is 68.9mpg. I found that the smaller 60PS engine is slightly noisier than the 75PS engine. I preferred the latter as it is more refined and offers quicker acceleration which is important in city

driving for accessing busy roundabouts. There is a choice of manual transmission or an auto sequential gearbox which offers manual and automatic modes. The Skoda Citigo goes on sale on 1 June and Skoda expects to sell 8,000 in a full year. With strong residual values of 47 to 51 per cent over 3 years and 30,000 miles and with an insurance rating of 1E to 2E, the Citigo will have a strong appeal to retail buyers.

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Langley School Dominic Findlay, Headmaster at Langley School in Norfolk, tells us about developments and achievements at the school… How long have you been at the school? I’ve been at Langley since 2007, so I am in my fifth year. Previously, I was Principal at Wymondham College, state Boarding school in Norfolk, and before that City Of London Freemens School in Surrey and Exeter University. How would you describe the school? Langley is a super place to be, it is a school which believes in the all-round individual but where Academic potential is delivered. We offer both Boarding and Day and are firmly co-educational with about a 60:40 ratio of boys to girls. We offer class sizes small enough to allow outstanding working relationships between staff and students to develop. In the main school, classes are no bigger than 16 and in the 6th form much smaller. Our Activities program offers something for everything ranging from School sports, Polo and many musical groups to CCF, arts etc. What school achievements can you tell us about? Academically, we have transformed both our GCSE and A Level results over the past couple of years with 95% of GCSE students gaining 5 A*-C’s and over 40% of these being at A*/A grades. At A Level we have achieved over 99% of our students passing their exams with 60+% being at A/B grades. Outstanding ISI inspection 2010/11.

In sport we have become very competitive, both the girls and boys. Our rugby teams won six county titles this yearr, with our U13s remaining unbeaten throughout the season. In hockey, the juniors reached the National Finals and we are Dominic, second from looking for even left back row, with greater results over Langley pupils the summer sports. Plus other areas have been very successful: the Debating Team won the East Anglian Competition, our Engineering Department – which is a Centre of Excellence – have won numerous competitions and awards over the past two years. What has changed at the school in your time there? We have targeted 3 main areas to develop over the past few years: 1 Facility development: We have added over £5 million pounds worth of facilities so far including a brand new 15-classroom teaching block, hockey Astroturf, new netball courts, cricket nets, complete boarding refurbishment and much more. 2 Ensured that Expectation and Aspiration are words commonly used at school – developing potential is key to our job here. No matter what level the students are we must add value to them. 3 Recruitment: We have doubled the size of our Yr 7 intake whilst seeing a huge increase in the ability levels of all new students. What plans do you have for the future? We are working very hard to deliver

our School Development Plan for the next 3 years as we firmly believe that if we stand still as a school we will not be serving our students fairly. We are hoping to build a new 6th Form Centre to be opened in September 2013, giving our senior students a purpose built modern facility base. The Music Department are having a facelift with new practice rooms, an additional classroom and brand new recording studio. What’s the most rewarding part of your job? I absolutely love my job! Working on a daily basis with such committed staff and students is a real privilege. What gives me the greatest pleasure is the knowledge that if I do all that I can for the school then it will have a positive impact on so many young students’ futures. Why choose Langley? First and foremost Langley is a very happy school. It is a school that aspires to deliver potential in all areas and is a school where students develop into wonderful all round individuals. Langley School, Loddon 01508 528058 www.langleyschool.co.uk eastlife.co.uk|71


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Diagnosis:

Prostate cancer Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over a quarter of a million currently living with the disease. Paul Curry spoke with Cancer Reserach UK’s experts about latest developments.

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atest figures from Cancer Research UK reveal that the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK has risen above 40,000. In 2009, around 40,800 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer, rising from around 14,000 in 1989. Much of the increase has been linked to greater use of PSA (prostate specific antigen) testing, which measures a chemical produced by the prostate that may be raised when a man has prostate cancer. PSA testing first started in the UK around 1989. Since then prostate cancer incidence rates have more than doubled in Britain from 47.4 to 102.9 per 100,000 men, though the rates have been fairly stable since around the turn of the millennium. PSA testing is not currently used as part of a national cancer screening programme. This is because high PSA levels are not a good indicator of whether or not a man has prostate cancer. Research suggests that up to two thirds of men with high PSA levels do not have prostate cancer. The test, and later investigations, also cannot reliably distinguish between aggressive prostate cancers that need treating or slow-growing cancers that may not. This can then lead to unnecessary treatment.

Instead of a national screening programme, men who ask for a PSA test are given information by their GP to help them understand the pros and cons before they decide whether they want to go ahead with the test. Professor Malcolm Mason, Cancer Research UK’s prostate cancer expert, said: “Accurately diagnosing and predicting the need for treatment of prostate cancer is fraught with difficulties and there is no escaping the fact that we need a better tool than PSA to help detect prostate cancers that actually need treating. Men need to be counselled about the upsides and downsides of having a PSA test and the uncertainties that it can raise. “We urgently need to find better tests that tell us more about a man’s prostate cancer. Is the disease going to sit quietly in the background and never cause a problem or do we need to treat it aggressively? If we can accurately answer these questions, we could spare thousands of men unnecessary treatment that can lead to side effects like impotence and incontinence.” During the last ten years UK death rates from prostate cancer have fallen by 11 per cent - from 26.8 to 23.8 per 100,000 men. This is due to a range of factors, including improvements in the treatments available for prostate cancer, such as new drugs like

Every 16 minutes another man is diagnosed with prostate cancer in Britain. It’s now the most common cancer among men, and accounts for one in four of all tumours diagnosed in men, with more than 35,000 cases a year and 10,000 deaths. Many of these deaths are preventable if the cancer is caught early enough, before it grows and spreads to other parts of the body and is difficult to treat. When confined to the prostate gland, an organ the size of a walnut, the cancer can be easily removed by surgical and other techniques. Therefore the key to eradicating this disease is accurate early detection. Methods of early detection are currently being developed using new technologies; many of them having the advantage of being extremely sensitive and non-invasive. These tests are able to find cancer markers without taking surgical or tissue biopsy samples. Using these new technologies new combinations of sensitive tests called biomarker panels can be constructed which can detect the tumour “fingerprints” of aggressive forms of cancers.. Although this vital research is currently underway at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge it is at an early stage and it’s expensive to carry out. There is an urgent need for funding to support this work which relies heavily on public support – so please give generously! eastlife.co.uk|73


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docetaxel and more effective radiotherapy, and possibly men having their prostate cancer being picked up earlier. Due to this fewer older men are being diagnosed with the disease and so not dying from prostate cancer. For aggressive prostate cancers, early diagnosis remains crucial, as swift treatment offers the best chance of successful treatment. Symptoms men should be aware of include passing urine more often than usual, especially at night, or difficulty in passing urine. These are common symptoms which usually turn out to be something much less serious for most men, but it’s important they get them checked by their doctor. Professor Peter Johnson, Cancer Research UK’s chief clinician, said: “Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of the progress that has improved treatments for prostate cancer. Our researchers developed the first man-made hormone to treat the disease and played a pivotal role in improving radiotherapy techniques that are more accurate and effective, saving more men’s lives. “But we also need new treatments for men with advanced prostate cancer. Cancer Research UK supported the initial development of a drug called abiraterone that is currently going through NICE approval and could be an effective drug for men who have advanced prostate cancer that has come back after chemotherapy. “We’re also funding projects to improve our understanding of the disease. As part of the International Cancer Genome Consortium we’re funding a project to sequence all the genes in 250 different prostate cancers, which we hope will pinpoint the genes that are driving them. This could help us identify men who are more likely to have the aggressive form of prostate cancer.”

What and where is the Prostate? The prostate is a gland about the size of a plum, it sits just below the bladder and just in front of the rectum. The uretha which carries the urine from the bladder to the penis goes through the middle of the prostate. It is thus difficult to get at for any treatment without damaging the other organs.

For more information visit www.cancerresearchuk.org

What causes it? The cause of Prostate Cancer is

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What is its Function? The function of the Prostate is to make the seminal fluid which carries the sperm into the uretha. The sperm is made in the testes and travels up to the Prostate. What can go wrong with it? With age the Prostate enlarges, when this happens it can strangle the uretha and thus impede the flow of urine. This enlargement can be caused by a non cancerous swelling known as ' Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia ' (BPH) In which case if it becomes a problem it can be treated by an operation known as ' Trans Urethal Resection of the Prostate ' (TURP) However the enlargement can be caused by a cancer growth, this may or may not restrict the flow of urine. This cancer growth is very common in older men, in fact 40% of men over 70 will have prostate cancer. Usually prostate cancer is very slow growing and so it is claimed that more men die with prostate cancer than from it. In some cases, particularly in younger men prostate cancer will be much more aggressive and will need active treatment. Doctors measure the aggressiveness of prostate cancer on a scale called the Gleason score. Who can get Prostate Cancer? All men are possible victims, it is most common in older men but seems to be increasingly common in younger men of 50 and over. There would appear to be an hereditary tendency, in that if ones father or grandfather had the problem it is more likely that you will succumb.

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unknown, it is not currently linked to diet or pollutants although these are possible causes. What are the Symptoms? Unfortunately symptoms in the early stages as with so many cancers are few, there will be some swelling of the prostate but because of its location this is not visible. It is likely that there will be some problem with passing water, this is most likely to mean frequent visits to the toilet, getting up in the middle of the night, thinking one needs to go to the toilet only to find out there is little water to pass. However these are all the same symptoms one has with non cancerous prostate problems which are more common. Because there are no positive symptoms most cancer patients particularly in younger men are not diagnosed until the problem is advanced. However treatment to slow down the cancer growth is still possible even in quite advanced cases. How is Diagnosis made? There are 3 stages in the diagnosis: Digital Rectal Examination, PSA blood test, and Biopsy. What happens next? If a positive diagnosis for Prostate Cancer is made by the specialist he will invite the patient to a consultation, he will explain his findings and discuss the possible treatments advisable in the situation. This is a qualitative judgement but there may be a choice available in which case he will discuss this with the patient. Information supplied by the Prostate Cancer Support Association www.prostatecancersupport.co.uk Helpline number: 0845 6010766


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Be clear on cancer Have you ever felt that food gets stuck in your throat when eating, or have you or someone you know been suffering from heartburn or indigestion on and off for three weeks or more? If you notice any of these symptoms, tell your doctor straight away. The chances are that it’s nothing serious but it’s always best to get it checked out as soon as you can. These symptoms could be signs of stomach or oesophagus cancer. The oesophagus is the long tube (gullet) that carries food from the throat to the stomach. Dr Rory Harvey, Medical Director for Anglia Cancer Network and Consultant Gastroenterologist, in Anglia, says: “Most people have heard of breast or lung cancer but not cancer of the stomach or oesophagus which are now amongst the most common cancers.” There are almost 700 new cases of these two cancers in Anglia every year and they cause over 500 deaths annually in the region. Both cancers affect men and women,

but are more common in men. More than nine out of 10 people who get cancer of the stomach or oesophagus are over 55. Low awareness means people are not recognising the symptoms and telling their doctor soon enough. Official figures show cancer of the oesophagus, is now the fourth most common cause of cancer death in men (after lung, prostate and bowel) and the sixth most in women. Dr Jane Scott is a GP in Anglia, and is helping to raise awareness of these cancers. She says: “People are often worried about bothering their doctor with what they think are ‘trivial’ problems, but if symptoms like these carry on you really need to speak to your GP.” Paul Lesslie, 61, a keen golfer, had never heard of cancer of the oesophagus before his diagnosis in 2011 but because his cancer was caught early he made a fast recovery. He had chemotherapy and keyhole surgery and was home from hospital within five days of the operation.

Paul says: “I was swallowing food but it wouldn’t go down into my stomach and I would encourage anyone who thinks they have symptoms like this to see their doctor. Don’t just think it will go away because the longer you leave it the worse it will get.” So remember – you are not wasting anyone’s time by getting your symptoms checked out, so make that trip to your doctor’s surgery. If it’s nothing to worry about, your mind will be put at rest. But if it is cancer of the stomach or oesophagus, early detection makes it easier to treat. Seeing your doctor without delay may save your life. Remember to see your doctor straight away if: • Food ever feels like it’s sticking in your throat when you swallow, or • You’ve had heartburn or indigestion on and off for 3 weeks or more. Visit www.nhs.uk/ogcancer for more information.

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Glaucoma Mr Andrew Ramsay FRCOphth, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Cambridge Nuffield Hospital

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Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness, affecting over 60 million people and blinding over 8 million worldwide. It affects 1 in 10 people over 75 years old, yet 3/4 of us have either not heard of it or do not know what it is. Glaucoma occurs when pressure in the eye damages the fibres of our delicate optic nerve. This causes loss of vision, starting in the periphery but eventually causing complete darkness. High pressure occurs when the drainage tubes within the eye (trabecular meshwork) become slightly blocked. This prevents eye fluid (aqueous humour) from draining properly. The word, ‘glaucous’ refers to the dark pupils of sufferers which, in ancient times, were contrasted with the more obvious white pupils of those with cataracts. The word, ‘cataract’ comes from the Greek, ‘kataraktes’ which is used to describe a waterfall. The dangers lurking in the darker waters of glaucoma are less obvious but equally perilous. Chronic open angle glaucoma is the most common form of the condition in this country. Unfortunately, it has no symptoms and so the only way that it can be diagnosed is by regular visits to an eye health professional. Although everyone should have a regular eye check, this is particularly important for people over 40 of whom 1 in 50 may have the condition without knowing about it. Eye checks at your optometrist will be free if you are over 40 and you have a close relative (e.g. brother or mother) who has glaucoma. There is no cure nor a prevention for glaucoma. Vision cannot be recovered once it has been lost. However, with eye drops, laser or surgery further visual loss may be prevented in 9 out of 10 people. The World Health Organisation’s VISION 2020 plan aims to reduce glaucoma by specific targets in each country: In the UK we are aiming to increase public awareness about the need for early detection of glaucoma through regular eye examinations and ensure that detection of glaucoma is part of regular eye examinations.


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Cambridge IVF Creating your Future Whether you’re a patient wanting information about treatment and services available at Cambridge IVF or a tutor looking for study topics for your students – Cambridge IVF is happy to help. For patients, we have a wealth of patient information regarding various treatments / services available at the unit. This information is available directly from the unit or via our website. We also hold regular open evenings which give you the opportunity to meet the staff and tour the unit. You’ll receive further information about how Cambridge IVF can help you and what techniques / equipment help Cambridge IVF to be different from other units. The open evening also includes an 'ask the expert' question and answer session as a group or on an individual

basis, during which you will be able to pose your questions to our fertility specialists. The whole evening is designed to help you find out more about us before committing to treatment, as well as support you in deciding what treatment is best for you. There is no charge for attending, but pre-booking is essential. Please contact us directly to book a place or use the ‘contact us’ facility on the website. Open evening dates and times are available on our website. ‘Educating the future’ Cambridge IVF held its first 'Educating the Future' event at the beginning of 2012 when John Ruskin Sixth Form College visited the unit. Tutors and students came to the unit for the afternoon where their programme included a tour of the unit

and presentations by senior members of the team charting the history and pathway of assisted conception. Jesna Joy Varghese, a tutor from John Ruskin Sixth Form College said: “Thank you for organising this memorable event for our students, I confirm it was a great success and I would like to thank you personally for all the extra effort that you put forward for this project.” We look forward to working with John Ruskin Sixth Form College again and expanding ‘Educating the Future’ to more colleges and universities. If you are interested in this programme, please contact the unit for further information regarding the services available. Cambridge IVF Tel. 01223 349010 www.cambridgeivf.org.uk

Helping to create your future Cambridge IVF is a state-of-the-art assisted conception unit providing a comprehensive range of fertility treatment. We will bring you quality care and the best in science and research, so that between us we can create your future.

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The Arts Pilgrimage More than 20 nationally and internationally renowned Sculptors from across the UK will be exhibiting their work in the idyllic setting of Mount Amelia’s park and gardens this month. Overlooking sloping gardens and with views to the Wash, this romantic mid-eighteenth century Hall offers a magical setting for visitors. The 17 day sculpture trail will be complemented by a weekend programme [22 – 24 June] of music, poetry, talks, workshops and short films, as well as a children’s workshop to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Children’s Crusade 1212. This is the first year of The Arts Pilgrimage Weekend event and for anyone interested in the arts, this promises to refresh and renew all who take the pilgrimage. From Bach to Jazz, from Lieder to Madrigals, Mount Amelia will be alive with sweet airs and sounds throughout the weekend. With talks exploring the themes of pilgrimage and journeying given by eminent writers such as Robert Macfarlane, Elspeth Barker and Paul Murdin, The Arts Pilgrimage will undoubtedly inspire. Enjoy theatre in the promenade with the World Premier of the lyrical play, Francesco, by Philip Wells, The Fire Poet. Celebrate the finalists from this year’s National Chamber Music Festival performing an evening concert with ProCorda, and short films such as the highly acclaimed Patience (After W.G. Sebald), a multilayered film essay on landscape, art, history, life and loss by the acclaimed documentary film-maker Grant Gee. Mount Amelia, Ingoldisthorpe Hall, Brickley Lane, Ingoldisthorpe, Kings Lynn. 01485 541207 www.theartspilgrimage.com

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artists in the 1960s, who not only changed the face and direction of British art, but also had a profound influence on international design and fashion. Her black and white abstract images, which often created disturbing visual effects, were immediately recognisable and became labelled ‘Op Art’. Since then her work has moved in phases as she has explored the relationships between specific forms and colours. The exhibition traces changes in her art over the last ten years as she explores new ideas and revisits earlier ones. The first set of screenprints relate to her ‘Egyptian’ period; made up of closely packed vertical stripes, ‘colours relate in different ways and can give a different range of effects.’ The second series use the curve, with bigger, simpler forms and fewer colours. In her most recent prints she reverts to linear forms, but with broader bands and softer colours, culminating in ‘Rose, Rose’ the print she has created to celebrate the Olympics. Bridget Riley – Recent Screenprints 2004 2011, Diss Corn Hall, Diss, Norfolk, 8 - 30 June. 01379 652241 www.disscornhall.co.uk

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Arts Collette Hoefkens of Norton Way Gallery in Letchworth Garden City, Herts presents her look at the arts in the east this month...

As we speedily approach the summer months, a trip to Cambridge is surely a must. With an abundance of places to visit, Kettle’s Yard Gallery is a firm favorite. This year the museum is building a new education center and is therefore presenting a series of small focus exhibitions during the working period. The first show is “Ships and Boats”, a wonderful collection of works form the celebrated Cornish artist Alfred Wallis (1855 – 1942). Alfred Wallis started painting late in life, he said “for company”, after the death of his wife. His self-taught style and approach can be seen in the use of household oil paint and old irregular pieces of cardboard on which he created his work. His limited pallet, often of blue, black, green and white and his strange reordering of perspective created expressively honest and accurate recordings of personal events and experience. Painting from his memory, particularly as a mariner, his works

are often described as primitive and naive but his admires were many and of high regard and influence. The acclaimed Ben Nicholson revered the direct childlike honesty with which Wallis painted and introduced him to Kettle’s Yard creator Jim Ede. It was Ede who was to give Wallis his first exposure in London and he also became an ardent collector of Wallis’ work. The exhibition comprises over 40 original paintings together with contextual material from the archive and reserve collections. Further works can be seen at the Tate St Ives. Kettle’s Yard Gallery, Castle Street, Cambridge 01223 748100 If Suffolk is nearer to home, why not take the opportunity to visit the birthplace of one of England’s finest landscape painters, Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788). Set in Sudbury, Gainsborough’s House homes the largest permanent collection of the artists work,

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encompassing the whole of the artist’s career. From early Suffolk-inspired landscapes and portraits, to later pieces completed whilst living in London, the collection includes paintings, drawings and prints. Amongst the artist’s work can also been seen pieces from artists close to him during his life, such as his nephew and studio assistant Gainsborough Dupont, teachers and followers. In addition to the gallery and museum’s permanent collection, the current temporary exhibition is a selection of works from contemporary rural Cambridge sculptor Carole Sinclair. Sinclair’s work - inspired by nature and the forces of the elements upon it - is often created in mixed media using wood, reeds and other natural materials. Some of the pieces were specifically made for this show. Gainsborough’s House, 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury, Suffolk Norton Way Gallery, Letchworth Garden City, Herts 01462 685139 www.nortonwaygallery.com

To celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2008, the Curwen Studio in Linton, Cambs, commissioned a Limited Edition Curwen Studio Portfolio of prints by the 31 artists that worked with them throughout our 50th year. Each artist has been given a copy of the Portfolio and they are now offering a very limited number of these previously unreleased works for sale on a 'first come first served basis'. Individual prints are priced at £200 (plus p&p). his is a rare opportunity to collect works which form a fascinating snapshot of the diversity of the work that we do in any one year with 31 artists prints in the portfolio covering a wide range of styles and use of the lithographic medium. 01223 893544 www.thecurwenstudio.co.uk

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Arts Cambridge Open Studios 2012 What is Cambridge Open Studios? Cambridge Open Studios is a membership group that collectively works to promote artists and their works in both Cambridge and also many surrounding towns and villages. All artists participating in Cambridge Open Studios will have work for sale irrespective of whether they are a working studio or an exhibition. When is it? This year Cambridge Open Studios are open 7th/8th, 14th/15th, 21st/22nd and 28th/29th July. If you’d like to see a particular artist, check the guide book or website to see when artists are exhibiting. The event is free. What can you expect from Cambridge Open Studios? With just under 400 Cambridge Open Studio members in and around Cambridge, there really is something for everyone. From watercolour artists to potters, from sculptors and woodworkers to jewellery designers, not to mention beautiful textiles and photography. The Artists open their doors and welcome the public into their studios and homes to show off their beautiful works of art. It's a fantastic opportunity to gaze at amazing treasures and if you wish, speak to the artist that created it. You may even like to pick out a few artists from the guide who are exhibiting and create your own 'studio tour'. Remember, the villages too, and there are so

often members exhibiting all within range of a pub offering a good pub lunch, so all in a all a perfect day! How to find out more ... Look out for the free yellow guide book - you can pick these up at libraries, galleries, tourist information and shops to mention just a few. www.camopenstudios.co.uk

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Jubilee, which runs until 17 June, is an exhibition that celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the spirit of Britain and 60 years of art as interpreted by 10 contemporary artists: Joanne Cooke, Eleanor Curtis, Susan Elliot, Garry Jones, Aldona Juska, Volker Kühn, Elisabeth Lecourt, Alison Pullen, Vanessa Stone, and Damien Weighill. The exhibition also showcases jewellery by James Dougall. Byard Art, 14 King’s Parade, Cambridge 01223 464646 www.byardart.co.uk Bling Jubilee by Susan Eliot

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The voice Singing legend Sir Tom Jones is performing in Suffolk this summer and releases a new album that fans and critics alike agree is one of his best ever. He talks to Jacqui Swift…

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t the grand-old age of 71 (he’ll be 72 on 7 June), Sir Tom Jones is at the peak of his career, looking and sounding like a man 20-years-younger. After ditching the hair dye, snubbing the knickers and going back to the music that shows off his emotive, power vocals on a highly acclaimed new album, he’s enjoying one of the most successful year’s of his five-decade spanning career. Add to that his prime-time role as a judge on BBC TV’s The Voice, and it’s easy to see why the Welsh legend is reaching a whole new, younger audience.

to you.” He was thrilled that I had been influenced by him. You have been married to your childhood sweetheart Linda since 1957, what’s the secret of your lasting marriage?

She’s great. She doesn’t get involved with the showbiz and tells me straight. She says she married Tommy Woodward, not Tom Jones. She’s the only person who answers me back! What about other famous fans?

Well Frank Sinatra was fantastic. He said: “Tom, you could be jazzier. You could do big swing numbers.” Do you regret going too far down that I understood what he was saying ‘entertainer’ road with your fun because I did Fly Me To The Moon songs in the past? and he really liked it. He reckoned I Sometimes. But what’s done is done. should go more down that road. And of course, at the time it was But I told him that l liked to sing it right. Even Sex Bomb at the time was all. I like to sing whatever I feel like it. right, as it was for the Reload album, I don’t want to be restricted. which was very successful for me. I think the bigger the star, the nicer When you hear something like that they were. It’s the ones who are half you just have to do it – it was way up the ladder or think they are screaming out to me to sing it. bigger than they are who give you a hard time when you meet them. So you’ve just turned 71. How do It’s almost like they’re scared to be you keep yourself and your vocals nice or give you advice. in shape?

I’m in great health. I go to the gym and I just watch what I eat. I have cut down the sweets and alcohol and have the odd glass of wine with dinner. Age is just a number of course! You were great friends with Elvis Presley. What advice did he give you?

He was a great man and a huge fan of British music. It was a great time for everyone. When I first met Elvis he said “How the hell do you sing like that?” And I said “Partly by listening

Did you realise what a statement it would be when you stopped dyeing your hair?

At the time no but its amazing how these things happen. Sometimes you can’t see the wood for the trees. I’d been dyeing my hair so long, didn’t really think about it. But reviews would mention “Tom Jones with his dyed, permed hair”. I said: “I’ve never permed my hair, my hair is naturally curly but I am dyeing it.” But at Christmas or when I was on holiday, I wouldn’t dye it and then it

was grey in funny places so I didn’t particularly like it. So I let it grow and grow and it came out white and I thought it looked pretty good. So I stripped the colour out. I thought “You can’t be 70 years old and have black hair.” Maybe Ronald Reagan did, even though he always swore he didn’t dye his hair. But the older you get, the more false it looks. It’s a lot easier not to have to dye it. Is there anyone you haven’t worked with yet that you admire?

There are producers that I like. But singer-wise, it’s R Kelly. I like the way he sings. I saw him on the Jools Holland Show and he sang his cobblers off. Adele, I also love. She told me she was born in Penarth in Wales even though she talks “like that” (said in a ‘Sarf London’ accent) Do you ever see a day when you won’t sing?

I dread that day because singing is life to me. I’ve never known life without singing – except when I had TB for two years between the ages of 12 and 14. Then I was bedridden for two years with no singing, but I learnt to play the ukulele. Then the stronger I got, I started to sing a bit again and I started to paint so that took over. But once I was able to sing again, the painting went south, and I concentrated on the voice again Tom Jones is appearing in concert at Newmarket Racecourse on 10 August, as part of their Newmarket Nights season. For tickets call 0844 579 3010 or go to www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk Tom’s album Spirit in the Room, is out now on Island Records. eastlife.co.uk|87


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HIGH LODGE THETFORD FOREST Deep in the heart of Suffolk’s Thetford Forest, you can once again enjoy one of a series of top concerts held by the Forestry Commission. This year’s line-up features: Razorlight (14 June); Plan B (15 June); Will Young (pictured, 16 June); Ed Sheeran (12 July); Alfie Boe (13 July); The Darkness (14 July). Tickets 03000 680400

KNEBWORTH Red Hot Chilli Peppers play one of only two UK dates when they perform at Knebworth House on 23 June. The rock band will be joined by special guests Dizzee Rascal, The Wombats, and Reverend And the Makers. Tickets www.seetickets.com

NEWMARKET NIGHTS Newmarket’s July Racecourse is once agin the setting for a great evening of top horseracing followed by a big concert. This year enjoy McFly (9 June); Madness (22 June); Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (29 June); Kool and the Gang (20 July); Van Morrison (above, 3 August); Tom Jones (10 August); Jessie J (17 August); Steps (25 August). Tickets: 0844 579 3010

IPSWICH Chart toppers JLS in concert with fellow X-Factor favourite Alexandra Burke on 26 August at Chantry Park. Tickets 01702 351135

AUDLEY END The much-loved Summer Picnic Concerts at Audley End House and Gardens return for a weekend of great music and festivities from 3 - 5 August. The weekend kicks-off with the fantastic Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, then, it’s time to get your friends together for The Best 80’s Party…Ever! with Hit 80s artists including Rick Astley (left), Jimmy Somerville, Midge Ure Nick Kershaw and T'pau who will wow the crowd into a party frenzy with their famous hit songs including Never Gonna Give You Up and China In Your Hand. The weekend will then culminate in the Last Night of the Audley End Proms, hosted by Aled Jones with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. For more information go to: www.audleyendconcerts.com 88|eastlife.co.uk

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Suffolk’s county town lies on the peaceful banks of the River Orwell. At the Waterfront the renovated docks is home to marinas, restaurants, bars, shops and modern apartment blocks. The Waterfront is a great place to stroll and watch sailing boats, Royal Navy ships, yachts and powerboats. The town centre, a ten minute walk from The Waterfront, offers museums, galleries, theatres, parkland and high street shops. There are also open-air markets to discover at Cornhill on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Some great events take place in Ipswich during June and July, many under the umbrella of the Ip-Art Festival. For details of all the Festival’s events, call 01473 433100 or go to www.ip-art.com St Peter’s Street Summer Market

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Last Night of the Jubilee Proms The glorious setting of Christchurch Park provides a dramatic backdrop to a spectacular summer's evening concert. Gather your friends and family, enjoy your picnic before the performance and raise a glass at this unique celebration that you will never forget - the quintessential British summer event. Join the Heart of England Orchestra for an evening of Proms classics and flag-waving favourites, accompanied by an

explosive firework finale. Featuring Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Nessun Dorma, 1812 Overture and a host of modern favourites. 30 June.

Open Air Cinema Watch a big screen showing of hit film Mamma Mia! in Christchurch Park at 7pm on 7 July. Kids will love the 10.30am screening of Cars 2.

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Indian Summer Mela The Ipswich & Suffolk Indian Association holds its tenth Indian Summer Mela in Christchurch Park on 8 July, a rich and colourful celebration of South Asian culture. Highlights are set to include stunning and vibrant performances of Indian dance, songs, music and poetry, as well as Yoga and Bollywood workshops, a vibrant market and an Indian food village. Spend the day exploring and enjoying this exciting expression of Asian culture at this family-friendly festival. From Noon.

The Crash of The Elysium is a live Doctor Who adventure in which the audience is the star of the show. The production is unlike anything audiences will have ever experienced. This is their story, their mission, the audience are the hero. No two shows are ever the same, no individual adventure is ever repeated. There is no stage, there is no comfy seating, there is no division between the world of the audience and the world of the show. Crown Car Park, 15 June - 8 July, 01473 433100 www.london2012.com/festival Maritime Ipswich Festival 2012 on 18 - 19 August will be celebrating all things nautical and bring together Ipswich's Waterfront Maritime past, present and future at the Ipswich Waterfront, Quayside and Docks. Over the two days this fabulous free ever will have a Georgian area, World War II area and plenty of water activities including barge trip and river cruises. There will be living history encampments and re-enactments, beer festivals, live music, displays, shows, stalls, food and drink, fireworks and much more. www.waterfrontaction.co.uk


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Suffolk THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Jun Different Buttons Presented by Red Rose Chain. Different Buttons’ explores St Clement’s Hospital’s significance to the local community through its 140 year history. Performed in the hospital building, this is a unique opportunity to see a performance inside one of Britain’s last remaining Victorian asylums following its recent closure. St Clements Hospital, Ipswich, 01473 603388 1 Jun Jubilee Music Hall Old time entertainment. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 1 - 2 Jun The Vicar of Dibley Stage version of the TV comedy. St Peter’s By The Waterfront, Ipswich, 01473 225269 1 - 2 Jun Great Expectations Dickens. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 1 - 3 Jun The Sound of Music Presnted by The Lowestoft Players. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 1 - 9 Jun Pulse Fringe Festival Great line-up of fringe theatre acts. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 2 Jun Fireman Sam Children’s favourite live on stage. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 3 Jun Diamond Jubilee Gala Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 3 Jun Comedy At The Regal Top stand-up. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket, 01449 612825 4 - 9 Jun 61st Felixstowe Drama Festival A new programme of plays performed by amateur groups. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 5 Jun Strictly Presents Dance to the Music Experience Strictly unleashed as the dancers and musicians demonstrate what they can do when there are no judges and no rules! Featuring Strictly Come Dancing 2010 champion Kara Tointon with her professional dance partner Artem Chigvintsev and Strictly professionals Kristina Rhiannoff and Robin Windsor performing to music from TV’s resident Strictly band led by musical director Dave Arch. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 6 Jun Ipswich Comedy Club Top stand-up. Degero, Ipswich, 0845 459 56 56 7 Jun Pete Firman & Catie Wilkins The UK’s leading comedic conjuror and star of BBC1’s The Magicians. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 7 Jun Liang and the Magic Paintbrush Children’s show. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 7 Jun An Audience with Steve Backshall An evening with the popular award winning television adventurer. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 8 Jun Dancing Queen Abba show. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 8 Jun I’m Telling You They’re Aliens Show for children. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140

8 Jun Derek Acorah TV’s spirit medium. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 8 Jun Great Expectations Baroque Theatre Company. Woolpit Village Hall, Woolpit, 01359 240655 8 Jun Rhod Gilbert Stand-up comedy. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 8 Jun The Sword in the Stone Open-air theatre presented by Cambridge Touring Theatre. Ickworth House, Horringer, 0844 249 1895 9 Jun Fireman Sam Children’s favourite live on stage. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 10 Jun Fat Cat Comedy Club Stand-up. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 11 Jun An Audience with Colin Dexter Following the airing of Endeavour, the long awaited prequel to the Inspector Morse series, highly acclaimed writer Colin Dexter will present an evening to celebrate his most famous creation Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 14 Jun Thursday Night Fever Variaty show. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 14 Jun Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation Comedy. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 14 - 16 Jun Annie Musical. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 14 - 16 Jun Natural Causes Thriller presented by Bungay Theatre Group. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 15 Jun - 18 Jul The Crash of the Elysium A live Dr Who adventure unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 17 Jun Seussical Jr A fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 20 Jun Jimmy Tarbuck Legendary comedian from Liverpool. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 21 - 23 Jun Sweeney Todd Presented by Fisher Youth Theatre Group. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 21 Jun - 8 Jul Margaret Catchpole Marking their 30th Anniversary acclaimed touring theatre company, Eastern Angles present an unmissable East Anglian story staged in a spectacular venue. Margaret Catchpole is a timeless tale of love, deception and divided loyalty featuring familiar faces from every section of Suffolk’s 18th Century society from brave seamen and distinguished doctors to cunning smugglers, corrupt clergy and characterful farmers. The Hush House, Rendlesham, 01473 211498 22 Jun An Evening with Gervase Phinn Hilarious and sometimes poignant tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 22 Jun An Evening with John Simpson BBC World Affairs Editor. Sizewell Sports & Social Club, Leiston, 01728 604406

22 - 23 Jun Cirque Du Ciel: ShangHi This marvellous extravaganza combines acrobatics, modern dance, original music, martial arts and many other Chinese elements in an amazing adventure, an unforgettable spectacle. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 23 Jun The Wizard of Oz Show for children. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 23 - 24 Jun High Voltage 2012 This annual celebration of dance from across the East of England promises to be an exhilarating showcase of talent. Each evening brings together a selection of DanceEast’s very best youth groups and adult community performance Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 01473 295230 24 Jun The Aristocats Kid Feline musical. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 26 Jun The Hazelwood Show An evening of dance in aid of the Theatre Royal. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 #VALUE! Happy Days Goodbye grey skies, hello blue!... Happy days are here again with Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and the unforgettable “king of cool” Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli in this new musical. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 29 - 30 Jun Matthew Bourne’s Early Adventures A triple bill of acclaimed early works celebrating 25 years of New Adventures. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 30 Jun Dance Is The Word Dance showcase. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126

MUSIC 1 Jun Martin Taylor Award-winnign guitarist. The Old Granary Studio at Priory Farm, Toft Monks, 01502 679088 1 Jun Buble Fever Michae Buble tribute. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 1 Jun Joanna Eden Jazz. Danceeats café, Ipswich, 01473 295230 2 Jun StowBlues Festival featuring seven top quality blues acts from around the region. Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket,

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Suffolk You can find even more events on our website and include your own too! www.eastlife.co.uk 4 Jun Jubilee Jazz Picnic Jazz picnic with bbq and music from The Sole Bay Jazz Band and Neil Kane Trio. 1-4.30pm. Somerleyton Hall, Lovingland, 01502 734901 4 Jun Mumford & Sons Grammy-nominated West London quartet who create classic, bluegrass-inspired folkster songs, that has quickly created a buzz across the globe. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 4 Jun Live & Kicking Music Festival Tribute acts Bon Giovi, Coldplace, and The Committed, along with Lady GaGa and Katy Perry performed by the returning Charlotte Hopley. AFC Sudbury at The MEL Group Stadium, Sudbury, 01787 376213 5 Jun Mumford & Sons See 4 June. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 5 Jun Chris Difford Former Squeeze man. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 7 Jun Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes Albert Lee’s impeccable country music and rock pedigree stretches back over more than 40 years. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 8 Jun Cardy & Coke Country music. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 8 Jun Susan McCann Irish country singer. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 8 Jun Stowmarket Chorale Choral. John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, Stowmarket, 07766 466 073 8 - 24 Jun Aldeburgh Festival Since the first Aldeburgh

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Festival in 1948, the Suffolk Coast has become a magnet for classical music lovers. Today’s Festival is an impressive programme of concerts, recitals, master-classes, walks and free events on Aldeburgh and Thorpeness beaches. Look out for events at the Pumphouse, with its a delicious mix of cabaret, jazz, comedy, and more. Most events take place at Snape Maltings Concert Hall. www.aldeburgh.co.uk Various Venues, Aldeburgh, 01728 687110 9 Jun The Furies The Furies smashes together rock, metal and soul songs in a drastic retelling of the ancient story of Clytemnestra. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 9 Jun McFly An afternoon of top racing followed by a concert. July Racecourse, Newmarket, 0844 579 3010 9 Jun The Chieftains Six time Grammy Award winners and international ambassadors of traditional Irish music. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 9 Jun Musical Highlights for All Tastes! Performed by Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Society. St Peter’s Church, Wenhaston, 01502 478815 9 - 10 Jun StowFest Free annual community music festival showcasing some of the best talent in the region. Chilton Fields, Stowmarket, 01447 776394 10 Jun Estelle Kokot Jazz vocalist. JazzNights at The Cherry Tree, Belchamp St Paul, 01787 237263 11 Jun John McNicholl Country music. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket, 01449 612825 12 Jun Jake Morley & Jon Hart Band London based Acoustic guitar virtuoso. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 12 Jun West Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra St Mary’s Church, Woolpit, 01359 240655 13 Jun The Blues Band Top rhythm & blues. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 14 Jun Marty Wilde & The Wildcats One of the greats of British rock ‘n’ roll. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 14 Jun Spiers & Boden Folk. Woolpit Village Hall, Woolpit, 01359 240655 14 Jun Razorlight One of the key guitar bands of the past decade, Razorlight has shifted over 4 million albums, sold out arena tours, headlined numerous festivals and appeared on the cover of magazines from NME to Vogue. High Lodge at Thetford Forest, Brandon, 03000 680400

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9 - 10 Jun Suffolk Open Studios Suffolk artists will be opening their studios during weekends in June. As well as finished work, visitors will be able to see work in progress and talk to the artists about the processes and techniques involved. www.suffolkopenstudios.co.uk Various venues, Suffolk. 9 - 14 Jun Great Barton Art Group Summer exhibition. Edmund Gallery at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds. 9 Jun - 15 Aug Summer Exhibition Lime Tree Gallery, Long Melford, 01787 319046 12 Jun Freespirits Textile artists. Tourist Information Centre, Ipswich, 01473 258070 16 - 17 Jun Suffolk Open Studios Suffolk artists will be opening their studios during weekends in June. As well as finished work, visitors will be able to see work in progress and talk to the artists about the processes and techniques involved. www.suffolkopenstudios.co.uk Various venues, Suffolk. 16 Jun - 4 Jul Surface and Mark An exciting show of wide ranging work exploring contemporary ideas about mark making in paint, collage and ceramic. Haleworth Gallery, Halesworth, 01986 873064 22 - 24 Jun 36th Annual Art Exhibition & Sale Over 400 paintings

and drawings by local artists. St Mary’s Church, Debenham. 23 - 24 Jun Suffolk Open Studios Suffolk artists will be opening their studios during weekends in June. As well as finished work, visitors will be able to see work in progress and talk to the artists about the processes and techniques involved. www.suffolkopenstudios.co.uk Various venues, Suffolk. 23 Jun - 5 Jul Bury Arts Society The group’s 65th Exhibition. Edmund Gallery at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds. 23 Jun - 14 Jul Suffolk Craft Society Open Craft Exhibition Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich, 01473 432865

SPECIAL EVENTS 2 Jun Farmers’ Market 9.30am-1pm. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688303 2 Jun The March Hare Collective A pop up shop of handmade craft, designer maker, art, jewellery, food, up-cycled vintage ware and photography. 10am-4pm. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 2 - 4 Jun Wartime Kentwell Kentwell as it was in WWII. 1940s Fete with traditional games. Cooking with rations in wartime kitchen. Home guard and home front. Tea Dance. Meet Mrs Bence and members of the family and house staff. Kentwell, Long Melford, 01787 310207

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Suffolk 2 - 4 Jun Lowestoft Powerboat Grand Prix The East Coast Leg of the 2012 Thundercat Racing Serie. Lowestoft Seafront, Lowestoft, 01502 533600 2 - 5 Jun A Thengly Visit Living history event. West Stow Country Park & Anglo Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 728718 2 - 5 Jun Tudor Times: An Audience with Bloody Mary! Meet one of the most fearsome monarchs linked with castle: Bloody Mary herself! 11am-4pm. Framlingham Castle, Framlingham. 3 Jun Jubilee Day at Christchurch Mansion Join the celebrations – make a crown in the Mansion, then head outside for the Ipswich Borough Council ‘Big Lunch’ event on the front lawn (just remember to bring your own picnic). Christchurch Mansion at Christchurch Park, Ipswich, 01473 433691 3 Jun Family Fun & Fitness Music, performers, activities, stalls, games and more in this community event. 12-6.30pm. Cedars Park, Stowmarket. 3 Jun Brandon Carnival 11am-6pm. The Ram Hotel Campsite, Brandon.\ 3 Jun Vintage Market 10am-4pm. Snape Maltings, Snape, nr Aldeburgh 3 Jun Gala in the Gardens Fun for all the family, with stalls, live music, bouncy castle and more. 11am-4pm. Long Shelter Garden, Seafront Gardens, Felixstowe, 01394 444576

3 - 4 Jun Beccles Jubilee Two Day Celebrations Sunday: Street Entertainers, Charity Stalls, Bands, Classic Cars, Food Stalls all in Beccles Town Centre. Monday: Procession from Town Square down to Beccles Quay. A Regatta in the Quay. Flotilla from Beccles Lido and Yachting Station at approximately 1.30pm to Quay. Parachutes, Music, Picnic in the Park, Stalls, Bar, Small Childrens Rides. Town Centre, Beccles, 07773 493160 4 Jun Jubilee 2012 Featuring local bands and musicians covering a number one hit from every one of the 60 years of the Queen’s reign (including 60s star John Leyton). Plus stalls, amusements, classic cars, beacon lighting, fireworks, and more. 1-10.30pm. Recreation Ground, Stowmarket. 4 Jun Diamond Jubilee Celebration Lots of activities including Fancy Dress, Tug Of War, Dog Agility, Donkey Rides, Zootastic, Swing Boats, Bouncy Castle and Model Railway Rides. 11am-4pm. Kessingland Sports & Social Centre, Kessingland, 01502 744367 4 Jun Diamond Jubilee Street Party Games on the Green, Stalls, Raffle, Tea and Refreshments, Arena Events eg Dance, Choir, Puppets, Dog Show, Open Gardens, Elizabeth and Philip Costumes. 12-5pm. Pakefield Green, 01502 533600 4 Jun Southwold Lions Spring Bank Holiday Fete 10am-4pm. Southwold Common, Southwold, 01502 675136

4 Jun Diamond Jubilee Fun community event. From 1pm. Debenham Sports and Leisure, Debenham. 5 Jun Jubilee Fete 1950s-style fete. 12-5pm. Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 764667 5 Jun Queen’s Jubilee Celebrate with a mad fun ‘street’ party for children for Tea. Kentwell, Long Melford, 01787 310207 5 Jun Best Of British Jubilee Celebrations Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead. 6 - 10 Jun Time Travellers Go… Warriors Discover the world of warriors from the past with plenty of hands-on fun. Take part in battle drills, crafts and trails. 11am-4pm. Framlingham Castle, Framlingham. 7 - 8 Jun The Suffolk Show The best that Suffolk has to offer. Lots of attractions and displays, make new animal friends with over 700 exhibits of cows, sheep, pigs and goats and a Childrens Farm, lots of shopping, food and more. Trinity Park, Ipswich, 01473 707119 9 Jun Leila’s Party Leila Sailing Trust invites ye all to celebrate the resurrection of this mightly fine Victorian beauty. Music, food, stalls, glug…from 10am. Southwold Sailing Club, Southwold. 9 Jun Horham Bygones Country Rally The event regularly attracts 100 historic tractors along with other farm machinery, historic military vehicles,

motorcycles, stationary engines, cars and working horses. 10am-5pm. Horham & Athelington Recreation Field, Horham. 9 - 10 Jun Law and Order in Saxon Times Costume group Ealdlfaeder come to the Village with a marvellous array of activities including combat, archery, weaving, spinning, arrow fletching, and story-telling too. West Stow Country Park & Anglo Saxon Village, 01284 728718 9 - 10 Jun Flower Festival With Teddy Bear Parachuting 10am-5.30pm. St Mary’s Church, Blundeston, 01502 730885 9 - 10 Jun Classic & Performance Car Show Mid Suffolk Showground at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspall, 01449 711111 10 Jun The Suffolk Art Deco and Retro Fair 10am-4pm. Culford School, Culford, 01284 729655 10 Jun 21st Euston Rural Pastimes A charming summer day out for all the family. Traditional and modern crafts and pastimes set in the beautiful Euston Estate. See the sheep and horses and famous motorcycle display troupe. 10am-6pm. Euston Hall, Euston. 10 Jun Halesworth Lions’ Carnival Decorated floats and procession, annual Duck Race in the Town Park, stalls, entertainment, refreshments, BBQ, games, and more. Halesworth Town Park.

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Suffolk 10 Jun Lavenham Hidden Gardens Gardens open to the public. Village centre, Lavenham, 01787 247434 16 Jun Great East Swim A superb outdoor swim. www.greateastswim.org Alton Water, Stutton. 16 Jun Craft & Gift Fair 10am-4.30pm. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 16 - 17 Jun Medieval Weekend 10am-4pm. Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspall, 01449 711111 17 Jun Ixworth Antiques and Collectors Fair 40 tables includes specialist art glass stall, furniture, pottery, porcelain, time pieces, plus lots more. 9am-3.30pm. Ixworth Village Hall, Ixworth, 07535 503864 17 Jun Nowton Park Country Fair Annual event in Nowton park, including a dog show , crafts, plants, displays, refreshments and much more for all the family. Nowton Park, Bury St Edmunds, 17 Jun Hidden Gardens of Bury St Edmunds See some of the most beautiful hidden gardens in Bury St Edmunds. 11am-5pm. Admission by programme in advance from the Tourist Information Centre and on the day from 10:30am from Angel Hill. Various Venues, Bury St Edmunds. 17 Jun Tudor Kentwell The UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest Re-Creation of every day Tudor

Life. 250 Tudors re-create every day life on the Manor as in the year 1556. Kentwell, Long Melford, 01787 310207 17 Jun Blue Cross Fun Day and Dog Show 11am-3pm. Trimley Sports and Social Club, Felixstowe. 23 - 24 Jun Midsummer Fires and the Giant Victory Sunwheel Presented by Dark Ages Theatre Group Ormsgard. 10am-5pm. West Stow Country Park & Anglo Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 728718 23 - 24 Jun Family Fun Weekend Biggest ever duck race down the Deben. Climb aboard the Harwich lifeboat (Sunday), plus coastguards, Sea Cadets, boat rides, music, stalls, Star Prizes Tombola, food and bar. 12-6pm. Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, Felixstowe Ferry. 23 - 24 Jun Tudor Kentwell The UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest RE-Creation of every day Tudor Life. 250 Tudors re-create every day life on the Manor as in the year 1556. Kentwell, Long Melford, 01787 310207 23 - 24 Jun Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival For the ďŹ rst time, the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival is taking place on a weekend! The event will include: Military displays and exhibitions; Funfairs, stalls and simulators, food, drink, stalls, music, entyertainment and, of course, amazing aerial displays. 10am-5pm. Lowestoft Seafront, Lowestoft, 01502 533600

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23 - 24 Jun Blue Oval Ford Festival 0 Mid Suffolk Showground at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspall, 01449 711111 24 Jun The Felixstowe Motorcycle Show Enjoy displays from motorcycle dealers and clubs. Town Centre, Felixstowe, 07977 571356 24 Jun Whelnetham Vintage Car Bike and Tractor Rally Vintage cars, bikes, tractors and mopeds from yesteryear. Craft stalls, beer tent, childrens rides and entertainment. Gt Whelnethan community Centre, Gt Whelnetham. 24 Jun Italian Market Market Place, Lavenham. 28 - 30 Jun Flower Fantasmagoria Stunning displays of ďŹ&#x201A;owers on an Olympic theme. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 30 Jun Strawberry Fair Food and craft stalls, as well as lots of things to do for all the family. Alder Carr Farm, Needham Market, 01449 720820 30 Jun International Polo in Suffolk brings the increasingly popular game of polo to the 300 acre Trinity Park. Organised by Suffolk Agricultural Association this exciting new event is a ďŹ rst for Suffolk as visitors will be treated to two action packed matches along with a variety of stands and other entertainment to keep everyone happy. From 10am. Trinity Park, Ipswich, 01473 707119

30 Jun Lowestoft Armed Forces Day Military displays, bands and shows along with stalls and military vehicles. Royal Green, Lowestoft, 01502 533600 30 Jun Summer Craft Fair 10am-4pm. Lavenham Village Hall. 30 Jun - 1 Jul Clare Antiques, Art Deco & Collectables Fair From 9am. Over 65 stands. Various venues, Clare, 07990 795570 30 Jun - 1 Jul Tudor Kentwell The UKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest RE-Creation of every day Tudor Life. 250 Tudors re-create every day life on the Manor as in the year 1556. Kentwell, Long Melford, 01787 310207 30 Jun - 1 Jul Mini Jam! Classic & Modern Enthusiasts Festival 0 Mid Suffolk Showground at Stonham Barns, Stonham Aspall, 01449 711111 30 Jun - 1 Jul Crafty Village Weekend Have-a-go at fascinating Anglo-Saxon crafts in the inviting ambience of the Anglo-Saxon Village & Workshop â&#x20AC;Śtry your hand at quills and writing, braiding, felting, leather work and much more. West Stow Country Park & Anglo Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 728718 30 Jun - 1 Jul Suffolk Food & Drink Show A two day event which includes a wealth of different food and drink exhibitors, live food cooking demonstrations, family entertainment, wine tasting and more. 11am-5pm Gifford Hall Vineyard, Hartest, 01604 881484

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Letchworth Enjoy a summer of great events in the beautiful Garden City

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8 - 24 June Letchworth Festival The Letchworth Festival has become so popular that there are now over 100 events listed across the two weeks of Festival Fortnight. Including the Street Fest, Day of Dance and Proms in the Park it promises to once again, be the highlight of the town's events calendar. Full details at www.letchworthfestival.org 9 June Street Fest From 10am to 10pm Letchworth

town centre will be alive with music, dance, street theatre and comedy for a fantastic day of Jubilee family fun. 16 June Town Celebration Day Throughout the town from Garden Square to Leys Square and onto The Wynd, Station Road and The Arcade find Letchworth Morris Men and North Herts College street entertainers. Also the monthly Farmers' Market, Arts and Crafts Market,

family fun and entertainment. From 8am to 3pm. 24 June Proms in the Park The popular open air concert and Letchworth Festival Finale, held in the newly renovated Howard Park, from 1pm to 7pm featuring all Letchworth's secondary schools and musicians from North Herts College's Academy. Free entry. 8 July Olympic Torch The Olympic Torch passes through Letchworth. The flame will be arriving in Letchworth from the A507 through Norton at 11.18 am, when the convoy will enter its ‘torchbearer’ phase, with the flame

visible to the public. Torchbearers and the accompanying convoy will then make their way into and through the town centre before the torchbearers and vehicles head off towards Stevenage. 21 July The Lions Fun Day Highlights include a fun family dog show courtesy of R.A.T.S, fun fair rides, dance displays, a fire engine, retails and charity stalls and welly wamming! The fun starts at 10am and the Fun Day runs to 4pm. Broadway Gardens. For more great events see www.letchworthgc.com

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We are proud to introduce â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tapas i Pintxosâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, a new, authentic Spanish restaurant situated in the heart of Olney. We invite you to sample a mouth-watering selection of tapas dishes & paella, cooked with the freshest, authentic ingredients. The restaurant is situated in a historic, listed building, boasting traditional wooden beams and exposed brick work. We have several promotions that we would like to share with the readers of East magazine; Kids Under 12 eat free Tuesday â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Thursday 6-7pm. For every adult dining a free childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s meal is available.*

Bernadetteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aim to offer exclusive collections of shoes, handbags and accessories that will excite you. We are pleased to be able to offer a continuity of a high standard of service, as the previous manager, Berni Taylor, is going forward with her in her new venture.

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Olney World Wide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 by Danielle Landes and takes place on the second Saturday of June each year. It began as a way for knitters to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Knit in Public Day is unique, in that it's the largest knitter run event in the world. Each local event is put together by a volunteer or a group of volunteers. They each organise an event because they want to, not because they have to. They bring their own fresh ideas into planning where the event should be held, and what people would like to do. In the past some people have used this event as a means to show the general public that ‘not only grannies knit!’. Knit in Public Day is really about showing the general public that knitting can be a community activity in a very distinct way. In some places there are many different knitting groups that never interact with each other, on Knit in Public Day they come together in one place, making them hard to miss. 2005 there were about 25 local events around the world. In 2006 there were about 70 local events. 2007 there were almost 200, and, because knitting is becoming again the fashionable thing to do, this event continues to grow. Over the years there have been local events in Australia, China, England, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United States… and many more countries. Here in Olney the event will be held by Ana at the wool shop on Saturday 9th June, from 11:00. She will be providing teas and coffees and you’re welcome to share your favourite cake …but don’t forget your knitting or crochet – after all that’s what the event is about! If you would like to learn to knit or crochet that’s the perfect opportunity to come over and find a mentor, or come to the wool shop and Ana will help you with your knitting.

POP The Fashion Store opened its

Dusk Till Dawn boutique opened it’s doors in 2010, offering an elegant and sophisticated range of ladies wear; Bringing London Fashion to your door step. Not only does Dusk till Dawn specialise in evening wear, prom wear, party wear, formal cruise wear, weddings and exclusive designer one-offs BUT THEY ALSO HIRE. With a choice of 450 outfits (at the last count) new stock is regularly being introduced to cater for ladies needs of all shapes and sizes (from 4-28) as well as supplying outfits for the seasonal and social demands. To give you an example in 2011 they introduced VIVIANA - Aptly named (meaning; one who is vivacious and full of life). Styled and cut to compliment the more curvaceous figure (sizes 14 to 28)- Launched after many requests by their customers to provide high-end evening and occasion-wear for  plus-sized customer. So pop in to Dusk till Dawn and make your dreams come true, whether you are going to a Ball, Prom, Corporate event or Wedding, and with Christmas around the corner.. Preparing for the party season couldn't be easier. 1st Floor, Dagnall House, Stanley Court, Olney 01234 712 200 www.dusktdawn.co.uk

doors in the beautiful Bucks village of Olney as well as launching online at the end of April. POP stocks clothes, shoes, bags and accessories by up and coming Scandinavian and British designers as well some more established brands. A lot of the labels are ethical too. Aimed at stylish, fashion conscious women who keep up with the latest trends and have their own individual style, POP carries everything from cutting edge shoes and accessories to tops and dresses. The price points vary and nothing is stocked in bulk so the customers can feel assured that everything they buy will be unique. Exciting labels to be found at POP include shoes by Miista and Skin by FINSK, Scottish lace tops and dresses by Minna, silk scarfs by Klaus Haapaniemi, jewellery by Elkin, Moxham and Twisted Silver, bags by Jane Goodchild, clothes by Cecilia Hammarborg, Sanna Saastamoinen, R/H and Outsider Fashion as well as smaller gift items. The Store is owned by Kaisa Larkas-Mossop whose background is in fashion journalism and PR. Originally from Helsinki, she moved to Olney two years ago from London where she lived and worked for almost 12 years. “Olney is a gorgeous little town with many great shops and cafes. However, there are no shops that really cater for the fashion conscious women and the ‘yummy mummies’ that this town and the neighbouring villages are filled with. My husband was looking for an office space last month, and saw that this fantastic little shop space had come on the market. I went to see it and immediately decided to take it!" www.popthefashionstore.com eastlife.co.uk|109


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Danish fashion brand Noa Noa is now open in Olney T he franchise is owned by local fashion stylist Kathy Danskin and brings a taste of Scandinavian chic to the town. The boutique is designed so that shopping is a pleasure â&#x20AC;&#x201C; lovely, relaxing surroundings; friendly and knowledgeable service; and a range of beautiful, feminine clothes and accessories.

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The Dermaspa clinic now offers a wide range of Gelish colours and treatments to cater for every client’s choice and look, from a classic manicure or pedicure, a single nail repair or a full set of gelish nails. All our technicians have a wealth of training and experience behind them to offer clients the highest standard of nail care located in the sumptuous surroundings of the nail lounge.

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St Albans

St Albans has many shopping areas, most with specialist and independent shops. The larger stores are on St Peter's Street, other chain stores can be found at the Maltings, Christopher Place, Market Place and Chequer Street. For antiques, head for George Street and Holywell Hill. Market shoppers are sure to find something of interest at St Albans Wednesday and Saturday street markets, which are among the largest markets in the southeast. Farmers’ markets are held every second Sunday of the month. The 2012 St Albans Festival will run from Saturday 16th June – Sunday 1st July and will be an explosion of outdoor performances and events that animate the district. With a varied and exciting programme of professional theatre, dance, street artists community events and family events, there is something for all.

spinning and seemingly weightless, an acrobat suspended beneath a helium balloon explores the uncharted space between street level and rooftops. An extraordinary aerobatic show over the heads of the audience. 17 June, 2pm & 4pm, in front of the town hall.

The Festival will start in spectacular style with The Emperor and the Tiger on Saturday 16 June from 8.30pm. This will be a processional performance around Market Square with amazing pyrotechnics, a giant mechanical tiger, drummers and carnival dancers.

St Albans Cathedral Pilgrimage (23 June, 11am). See a truly unique event as giant carnival puppets celebrate the remarkable story of Saint Alban and retrace his last steps. Roman chariots, centurions, lions, roses and executioners all take their place in this spectacular, dramatic and moving procession. The procession starts in Roman Verulamium and finishes outside St Albans Cathedral.

Here are more of the Festival’s highlights:

St Albans Folk Festival runs from 25 June - 6 July. Events include a mass display of morris dancing outside the Alban Arena at the Folk Festival Day of Dance on 30 June. This will be followed in the evening by the Folk Festival Concert at the Old Town Hall, featuring Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

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For more information about St Albans Festival, call 01727 819563 or go to www.stalbansfestival.com

St Albans Diamond Jubilee Street Party A day full of fun for the whole family to enjoy. From 12noon to 3:30pm, dine al fresco at the Bring or Buy Lunch, with lots of food stalls, music and entertainment, including Swanvesta Social Club, plus a funfair and market stalls (open until 9:30pm). The Diamond Decades Gig takes place from 4pm to 9:45pm showcasing music from each decade of the Queen’s reign, and from 9:45pm there will be a build-up to the lighting of the Jubilee Beacon on the roof of the Town Hall, followed by a firework display. For more information, contact St Albans Tourist & Information Centre on 01727 864511. Music in the Parks Showcasing the finest musical delights from the local scene, in the fragrant surroundings of St Albans picturesque parks, enjoy music and the summer sunshine from June to September. Olympic Torch Relay The Olympic Flame will enter the District along Hatfield Road at 4.06pm on Sunday 8th July. T Paralympic Flame Celebrations Verulamium Park in St Albans will come to life on 25 August as St Albans City and District Council hosts the District’s first Inclusive Sports Festival to welcome the Paralympic Flame. One hundred acres of park land will be used to create a stimulating environment where residents are able to take part in as many sports as possible at one venue, in one day. eastlife.co.uk|113


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Herts Beds & Bucks THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Jun The Twits Open air theatre presented by Illyria. 2pm. Berkhamsted Castle, Berkhamsted, 01442 878300 1 Jun Swan Lake Presented by Vienna Festival Ballet. Hertford Theatre, 01992 531500 1 - 2 June Dancing in the Streets Experience the energy, emotion and electricity of Motown. Milton Keynes Theatre, 0844 871 7652 1 - 2 Jun Little Shop of Horrors Musical. Leighton Buzzard Theatre, Leighton Buzzard, 0300 300 8125 1 - 2 Jun Annie Musical. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 1- 9 Jun A Man’s World Comedy. Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 2 Jun Andy and Mike’s Big Box of Bananas Children’s show. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 3 Jun North Central Herts School of Dance Dance showcase. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 4 - 5 Jun Michael McIntyre One of the UK’s top comedians performs a warm up show for his forthcoming tour. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 6 Jun Blofeld & Baxter Two of the titans of UK cricket with a side-splitting show full of memories from within the Test Match Special commentary boxes. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 7 Jun There’ll Always Be An England Patriotic music and fun. Bedford Corn Exchange, 01234 269519 7 Jun There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Kid’s show. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 7 Jun Funhouse Comedy Top stand-up. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 7 - 9 Jun High School Musical Musical. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 8 Jun Comedy of Errors Afghan theatre company, “Rah-e Sabz” perform their new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors in Persian. Hatfield House, Hatfield, 01707 287010 8 Jun The Little Big Club Barney, Bob the Builder, Angelina Ballerina, Pingu, Thomas the Tank Engine and Fireman Sam - live on stage. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 8 Jun Cool Britannia Tribute to Brit Rock. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 8 - 9 Jun Little Shop of Horrors Musical presented by Rare Productions.

Bedford Theatre, Bedford, 01234 269519 9 Jun Unforgettable Show featuring the hits of the 50s & 60s. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 9 Jun The Sleeping Beauty Presented by Ballet Theatre UK. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 9 Jun Comedy Night Stand-up. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 9 Jun Stewart Lee Stand-up comedy. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 10 Jun Bob the Builder Children’s favourite live on stage. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 10 Jun Spirit of Africa Experience the energy, magic and suspense of African celebratory rituals. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 11 - 16 Jun Steel Magnolias Starring Kacey Ainsworth, Isla Blair, Cheryl Campbell, Cherie Lunghi, Sadie Pickering and Denise Welch. Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 871 7652 12 - 14 Jun Cirque Du Ciel: ShangHi This marvellous extravaganza combines acrobatics, modern dance, original music, martial arts and many other Chinese elements in an amazing adventure. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 12 - 16 Jun Kiss Me, Kate Musical. Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth, 01923 711063 13 Jun Stewart Lee Stand-up comedy. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 13 - 16 Jun Russell Kane Stand-up comedy. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 13 - 16 Jun Blithe Spirit Noel Coward play presented by The Country Players. The Place, Bedford, 01234 354321 13 - 16 Jun Act of Faith Third in the Pilgrim Fathers Trilogy. Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 13 - 16 Jun Ruddigore Presented by Vale Gilbert & Sullivan Society. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, 07543 560478 13 - 16 Jun After Miss Julie A story of forbidden love, class conflict and a changing world. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 455166 13 - 16 Jun The Last Witch Local theatre company Pins & Feathers bring to life one of the most fascinating episodes in Hertford’s history: the trial for witchcraft of Jane Wenham of Walkern, which took place 300 years ago this year. Hertford Theatre, 01992 531500 14 Jun An Evening with Bob Mills and John Moloney Comedy, chat, music and storytelling. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080

15 Jun The Billy Fury Years Rock ‘n’ roll tribute. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 15 Jun A Evening of Dirty Dancing A chance to hear all of those iconic songs performed by an incredible cast of in this sexy song and dance spectacular. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 17 Jun The Sleeping Beauty Presented by Ballet Theatre UK. Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth, 01923 711063 18 Jun Sir Ranulph Fiennes The world renowned explorer tells his inspirational story. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 19 Jun We’ll Meet Again Nostalgic wartime music show. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 19 Jun Michael Winslow The Man of 10,000 Voices. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 19 - 20 Jun The Gruffalo Family show. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 19 - 20 Jun Merry Wives of Windsor Open-air Shakespeare. Wrest Park, Silsoe, 0870 333 1183 19 - 23 Jun Sweet Charity Musical. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, Tring, 07543 560478 19 - 30 Jun Sister Act Starring Michael Starke and Denise Black. Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 871 7652 20 Jun Images of Dance Dance show. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 21 Jun An Evening with Gervaise Phinn Hilarious tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 21 Jun The Parson’s Pirates Comedy play. Hawthorne Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 21 Jun Colin Fry TV’s spirit medium. Bedford Corn Exchange, 01234 269519 21 Jun Barnstormers Comedy Top stand-up. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 22 Jun Sally Morgan TV’s psychic medium Concert Hall, Stevenage, 01438 894839 22 Jun Nicholas Nickleby Enter the world of Charles Dickens in the company of his great great gradson Gerald Dickens. Hertford Theatre, 01992 531500

22 - 24 Jun The Merry Wives of Windsor Open-air play performed in the stunning Swiss Garden. Swiss Garden at Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, 01767 627927 22 - 30 Jun Hi-de-Hi Stage version of the Tv comedy. Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 324300 22 Jun - 7 Jul The New Me Comedy play. Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 23 Jun Juxtapose Children’s show. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 23 Jun Dancing Queen Abba show. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 24 Jun The Ekatva One-ness Tour Sixteen children from some of the largest slums of Ahmedabad, Gujarat and will perform a 90-minute dance-drama production based on love, unity and peace inspired by the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth, 01923 711063 24 Jun Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation Stand-up comedy. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 24 Jun The Sword in the Stone Open-air theatre presented by Cambridge Touring Theatre. Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, 01727 819563

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Herts Beds & Bucks You can find even more events on our website and include your own too! www.eastlife.co.uk 25 Jun Essence of Ireland Irish music and dance show. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 27 Jun Dancing Queen! Abba show. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 27 - 30 Jun Teechers John Godber comedy. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, Tring, 07543 560478 28 Jun Tom Stade Stand-up comedy. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 28 - 30 Jun Oliver! Musical presented by Rare Productions. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 29 Jun That’ll Be The Day Rock ‘n’ roll music show. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 29 - 30 Jun In Celebration of Shakespeare Shakespeare festival presented by Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre. Leighton Buzzard Theatre, 0300 300 8125 29 Jun - 1 Jul Elton John & Tim Rice’s Aida Presented by Sharpe Academy. Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth, 01923 711063 29 Jun - 1 Jul The Wiz Musical presented by 3D Youth Theatre. Parkside Hall, Ampthill, 30 Jun - 1 Jul The Wind in the Willows Open-air theatre. Hawthorne Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117

MUSIC 1 Jun Cool Britannia Tribute to Brit Rock. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 1 Jun The Milk Hotly tipped Essex 4-piece plying a tasty blend of Soul, Rock’n’Roll, Dance, RnB and Pop. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 2 Jun Los Pacaminos The Tex-Mex outfit is led by one of the UK’s finest and best loved vocalists - Paul Young. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 2 - 3 Jun Spirit of Tring Open air concert to benefit local causes. Tring Athletic Football Club, Tring, 01442 829400 3 Jun Clive Gregson Folk. Hitchin Folk Club at The Sun Hotel, Hitchin, 01462 812391 3 Jun Martin Speake Quartet Jazz. Herts Jazz at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117

4 Jun Music in the Park Live music from the best of Bedford’s local bands. Russell Park, Bedford. 5 Jun The Sounds of The Supremes Motowen tribute. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 7 Jun Vauxhall Male Voice Choir 0 St Mary’s Church, Luton, 01525 841077 8 Jun Five Star Swing Swing band. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 8 Jun Saxon Heavy metal legends. The Forum at University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, 08444 771 000 8 Jun Jimbob Former frontman with indie/punk legends Carter USM. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 9 Jun Let the Good Times Roll Tribute to the music of the 50s and 60s. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 10 Jun Martyn Joseph Folk. Hitchin Folk Club at The Sun Hotel, Hitchin, 01462 812391 10 Jun Tribute to JJ & Kai Jazz. Herts Jazz at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 12 Jun Bella Hardy Folk. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 13 Jun Vin Garbutt Folk. Baldock & Letchworth Folk Club at The Orange Tree, Baldock, 01767 683583 15 Jun Eddie & The Hot Roads Classic rockers. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 16 Jun Dunstable Live! Free concert featuring the Best of British tribute acts. 3-8pm. Grove House Gardens, Dunstable. 16 Jun Absolute Bowie Tribute. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 16 Jun New Riot Ex-Fandangle. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 17 Jun John Critchinson Quartet Jazz. Herts Jazz at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 17 Jun Letchwoth Sinfonia Summer concert. Letchworth Free Church, Letchworth, 01462 487868 17 Jun Sinfonia Musiciti Rachmaninov, Beethoven. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 17 Jun de Havilland Philharmonic Rodrigo, Walton, Ravel. Weston Auditorium at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, 01707 281127 17 Jun Our Time! - A Celebration of Musical Theatre Songs from the shows. The Place, Bedford, 01234 269519 18 Jun Welwyn Garden City Rock Choir 0 Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839

20 Jun Strangeworld Folk. Baldock & Letchworth Folk Club at The Orange Tree, Baldock, 01767 683583 22 Jun The Sounds of the Supremes Motown tribute. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 22 Jun Big Country Band who exploded onto the scene in 1983 with anthemic songs such as ‘Fields of Fire’ and ‘In A Big Country’. The Forum at University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, 08444 771 000 22 Jun Andy Abraham's History Of The Big Bands See panel. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 22 Jun The Johnny Cash Raodshow Country tribute. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 22 Jun The Chapman Family Disco Noir with stonking songs made for the dancefloor. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 23 Jun The Violet Bones Four piece rock n roll band from Cambridge. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 23 Jun T.Rextasy Top Marc Bolan.T-Rex tribute. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 23 - 24 Jun Red Hot Chilli Peppers Quite possibly the funkiest band in the world, the Chili’s brand of rap, rock, punk and funk has created a sound which is uniquely theirs. Support from Dizzee Rascal, The Futureheads, The Wombats, and Reverand & The Makers. Knebworth House, Knebworth, 0844 871 8803 24 Jun Georgia Mancio Quartet Jazz. Herts Jazz at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 24 Jun Hertford Symphony Orchestra A light classical concert to celebrate the Olympics. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 27 Jun Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner Folk. Baldock & Letchworth Folk Club at The Orange Tree, Baldock, 01767 683583 28 Jun The Johnny Cash Raodshow Country tribute. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 29 Jun The Sounds of the Supremes Motown tribute. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 29 Jun AmpRocks Rock concert. 7pm. Ampthill Park, Ampthill. 29 Jun The Ragdolls Tribute to the Jersey Boys. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 29 Jun All The Young Tipped for a major breakthrough as one of XFM’s 12 for 2012, the indie-rock quartet from

22 JUNE ANDY ABRAHAM’S HISTORY OF THE BIG BANDS Fronted by charismatic 2005 X-Factor runner-up Andy Abraham, this buzzing big band show features a magnificent13-piece big band, a series of soloists and legendary tunes from the world’s greatest big band leaders. The Stables, Wavendon.

Staffordshire are busy making a name for themselves with their chest-thumping indie anthems. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 30 Jun Ampthill Park Proms 4th Annual Orchestral Concert against the beautiful backdrop of Ampthill Park. Ampthill Park, Ampthill. 30 Jun Hits of The Springfields The story of The Springfields from the beginning as a pop/folk act, through to Dusty’s solo work, Tom’s hits with The Seekers and Mike’s hits with Cat Stevens, Manfred Mann and others. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 01438 894839

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Herts Beds & Bucks marks the 75th anniversary of Butlins: a British institution and established cultural phenomenon, with a very particular character, history and identity. Museum of St Albans, St Albans, 01707 281127 1 - 17 Jun Olivia Plender: Rise Early, Be Industrious Through sculpture, embroidery, posters, board games and architectural models the exhibition explores how attitudes towards mass education have evolved over time, and includes a replica TV studio from the 1970s and a Google style workplace. Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes. 1 - 26 Jun Tabitha Wilson: Landscapes An exciting collection of work inspired by landscape. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 1 - 29 Jun Hilary Archer Acrylics and Watercolours Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 1 - 30 Jun Eduardo Paolozzi Urban art. Art Centre & Gallery, Bedford. 1 Jun - 8 Jul Animal Record-Breakers This year, the Olympic Games come to London and we will witness some incredible record-breaking spectacles. But if you think our human skills are amazing, check out the rest of the animal kingdom. Natural History Museum at Tring, 020 7942 6171 2 - 22 Jun What The World Is Waiting For Exhibition of Ian Tilton’s Photographs Of The Rise Of The Stone Roses. Rock City Art Gallery, Bedford, 01234 910448 4 - 17 Jun Where Are We Going? A collaboration of two artists Kim Major-George the printmaker and the contemporary poet Steve Thorp. Palace Green Gallery at Hatfield House, Hatfield, 01707 272551 5 - 16 Jun Sue Pegg & Neil Robbins Exhibition of paintings. Courtyard Arts, Hertford, 01992 509596 6 - 28 Jun Parallels Work by the well-respected local group. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 16 Jun Ampthill & District Camera Club Annual exhibition. 10am-5pm. Millbrook Village Hall, Millbrook. 22 - 24 Jun St Etheldreda’s Quilt Exhibition Frid & Sat, 10am - 5pm; Sun, 12 - 4pm. St Etheldreda’s Church, Old Hatfield.

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Peterborough Prepare to be amazed, intrigued, entertained and spellbound by this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peterborough Arts Festival (30 June - 8 July). With music, performance art, theatre, dance, and family entertainment taking over venues throughout the city, whatever your taste, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be disappointed. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a few of this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s highlightsâ&#x20AC;Ś www.peterboroughfestival.co.uk summer From the opening City Centre circus extravaganza, to the historic in the city welcoming of the Olympic torch to Peterborough, to the fantastic Finale weekend in the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Central Park, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so much to see and do every day of the festival, that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll barely have time to ďŹ t it all in. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss Festival Plus, which will see performances popping up across the city in diďŹ&#x20AC;erent venues, culminating in the transformation of the Key Theatre into a magic wonderland for one night only.

The Arts Festival kicks off on Saturday 30 June with a culturally packed day, full of live art street performances, walking giants and fair ground attractions to give the city centre a Victorian circus atmosphere. The day will end with the Reduced Shakespeare Company performing The Complete World of Sports at the Key Theatre every sport ever played on every continent in the entire history of the world in under two hours. The city centre will be hosting a Victorian Helter Skelter for visitorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fun and amusement. The view from the top over the whole event will be breathtaking, just before you whiz round and round to the bottom. Enjoy the Victorian Helter Skelter at both the Festival Opening Event in the city centre, and in Central Park on the Finale Weekend.

This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Central Park Weekend (7 - 8 July) promises a magical mix of entertainment to appeal to all ages and tastes. The party kicks off at midday with a performance from Demon Barber with â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Time Gentlemen Pleaseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; prepare to be amazed by this fusion of Street and Morris dancing, unlike anything you may have seen before. Throughout the weekend you can choose from whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on offer on the main stage and acoustic tent, visit the live literature tents, or learn a new skill in one of our workshop tents in the arts zones. Keep hold of your map as there will be strange and wonderful performances taking place through out the park, many hidden away in secret locations.

The Olympic Torch Relay Celebration Peterborough will be the gateway to the East of England for the Olympic Flame as it makes its journey around the UK. Join the celebrations in the City Centre and on the Embankment, as local communities and world renowned acts welcome the Torch into the city. The Flame arrives on 3 July. Activities on the Embankment kick-off at 5pm, and the Flame will enter the area at around 7.20pm. Be prepared to be astounded by the world renowned Close Act who will parade the Flame across the Embankment to the main stage. Taking street theatre to the ultimate, they will provide a fittingly beautiful and striking welcome to the Flame, and an unforgettable experience for everyone who witnesses its arrival. The Flame departs the city at 7am on 4 July from Cathedral Precincts, on route to its next stop in Kingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lynn. www.peterborough.gov.uk/OlympicTorchRelay

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Cambridgeshire Held in the historic heart of the city centre and the stunning surroundings of the Cathedral precincts, Peterborough Heritage Festival is one of the city’s most popular events. The main weekend over 23 & 24 June is a living history extravaganza for all to enjoy – unlike anything else in the city! The event also includes a Medieval market, craft fayre, live entertainment, armed forces week displays and much more. New for this year is the Children’s Zone – an activity area for the kids with jesters, storytellers, games and activities; a Victorian travelling cabinet of curiosities – come face to face with a Mummy, hear the explorers tales or take a different view

of Peterborough through a Camera Obscura; and a real Spitfire parked on the Cathedral green! At Peterborough Museum, the hands-on Vikings! exhibition (until 7 October) will take you back in time. Join the Viking feast in the recreated longhouse, read all about warrior battles and adventures written in the Vikings Sagas eight centuries ago, and stand on the prow of a Viking ship. Discover fun facts about daily life, entertainment and beliefs, and view some amazing Viking finds from all over Britain. This year the festival has also broadened out to include ten days of talks, events, tours and activities with a Heritage theme. Now open for the summer season until September, Peterbrough Lido this year celebrates its 75th year - it first opened in 1936, the same year the BBC began regular TV broadcasts and King Edward VIII abdicated the throne. Enjoyed by generations of Peterborough residents and visitors, the Lido, in Bishops Road, boasts three heated swimming pools, of which the main pool is 50m long, as well as sunbathing terraces and a large grass area. For more details call Vivacity on 01733 864169 or go to www.vivacity-peterborough.com

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A positive impact on children’s lives

With Peterborough running a campaign to recruit 40 more foster carers to help care for the 300+ children in care in the city, we find what it is really like to provide a safe and happy home to these children while they are unable to live with their own families. Vivien Garside, along with her husband, has been fostering for eight years and have two children of their own. Here Vivien tells us about her fostering experience.

Vivien Garside with her birth children Aaron (10) and Ellarnya (7) and husband Paul.

How many children have you cared for?

We have cared for more than 30 children from varying ages, each one having their own individual challenges. We have experienced some children with behavioural difficulties, some with concerning health conditions, some who have settled within hours of being introduced to us, and others that have taken months to get to know us and gain a trust in the care they will receive. What made you decide to become a foster carer?

Before having my own children and becoming a foster carer I was an operations director for an investment bank. I gave up my career when I became pregnant with my son, who is now ten years old, and devoted my time to my family and to those foster children who are entrusted into our care. I believe that every child should have a loving home and happy memories that go along with that, and that's part of the reason why we became foster carers. The satisfaction of seeing the child develop, thrive and flourish is why we have continued to foster for the last several years. Is fostering very challenging?

It is not all a bed of roses. It’s tiring, sometimes exhausting when you have babies, and working with so many diverse people can bring its challenges too. But this is exactly how we approach these obstacles, they are challenges that can be overcome with the support of the social workers, our own support network of friends and relatives, in addition to other professionals that we have access to. Seeing the difference you have made in that child’s life makes it all worthwhile.

them happy. We make a difference, which is our reward. We treat the children like our own so it is inevitable we become attached. Sometimes I shed a tear, but you have to be professional and understand that they must move onto some other permanent arrangement for their longer term care, whether it is returning home, adoption, or longer term care arrangements. What qualities do you need to be a foster carer?

You don’t have to be a perfect parent, those just don’t exist. But you do need to have an open mind when you foster, you can’t be judgemental and you have to be very flexible, enthusiastic, and patient, have a sense of humour and be prepared to give the children your time. If you have gaps in your knowledge or experience these can be explored and appropriate training can be put in place. Don’t be put off enquiring just because you think you’re not this, or you’re not that – leave that to the professionals to work through with you. What would you say to anyone considering fostering?

Do you get attached to the children you foster?

If you are considering becoming a foster parent, or if you are curious what fostering is about, or what you could offer a child, then give Peterborough City Council a call. This is what I did several years ago and have not looked back since. Make investigations, because if you don’t ask, you don’t know, and then you’ll always wonder. It may well change your life like it has mine.

One of the most difficult things about fostering is the fact the children must eventually move on. I try to look at it in a positive way. As a family we are grateful for what we have been able to do for these children, we’ve given them a foundation to move on to their own family and have made

If you are interested in finding out more about Fostering in Peterborough call 01733 317427, email fostering@peterborough.gov.uk or visit www.peterboroughfostering.co.uk

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Scenically positioned on the riverside, the name of the Cutter Inn is derived from the river diversion (‘cut’) that brought the Great Ouse nearer to Ely. The pub is divided in two, one half is the bar, the other the dining room.

This walk is a good excuse

to stroll along the River Great Ouse and to explore the beautiful and historic city of Ely. Do not miss the opportunity to visit the magnificent Norman Cathedral. Steeped in history, Ely also has a wealth of good pubs, several of which are passed en route. So you can combine a leisurely amble to see the wildlife on the river with some sightseeing, knowing that refreshments are ever close at hand. The Walk 1 From the Cutter Inn turn left and follow the riverside towpath along the Fen Rivers Way. Keep to the riverside as closely as possible, for about 1½ miles, following Fen Rivers Way waymark arrows. 2 Pass through the wooden gate, bear left and follow the narrow, metalled footpath, yellow waymark arrow and the Black Fen Waterway Trail small black waymark arrow. The footpath passes

by some industrial buildings and continues to Kiln Lane. At Kiln Lane, turn left and follow the road over the railway level-crossing. Immediately on the other side of the level-crossing turn left, following the public footpath sign pointing to the Hereward Way and a narrow metalled footpath (Springhead Lane). Springhead Lane is metalled as far as the trees (roughly 50 yards), after which time it becomes a dirt track leading through the trees. At the end of Springhead Lane (roughly ⅓ mile), pass through a wooden gate, following a yellow waymark arrow to continue the final 10 yards or so to the main road (Lisle Lane). Turn left and follow Lisle Lane until it terminates at the T-junction with Waterside and Fore Hill. Turn right at the T-junction and follow Fore Hill up the hill, straight on past the junction with Broad Street, and on to the High Street. Follow the High Street to the slightly staggered crossroads with St

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What better way to enjoy summer in Ely than to take a walk around this beautiful and historic riverside cathedral City.

Mary’s Street and The Gallery. At this point the walk can be interrupted in order to visit Ely Cathedral (The Gallery) or any of the three pubs that cluster around the crossroads. 3 To resume the walk, set off from the crossroads along St Mary’s Street; eventually leading past Oliver Cromwell’s house and on to Silver Street. Turn left at Silver Street and continue to the junction

with The Gallery. Turn right onto The Gallery; but not immediately right onto the small road that connects with Barton Road. Continue on along The Gallery as it becomes Back Hill, then follow Back Hill for about 300 yards down to Castlehythe. Turn left and follow Castlehythe to Annesdale (roughly 50 yards), then turn left and follow Annesdale back to the Cutter Inn.

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Summer in Ely… 23 June Etheldreda Parade - celebrating the life of Etheldreda, our foundress, with a Parade beginning at 11.30am in Jubilee Gardens, where Queen Etheldreda will arrive by boat to marry Tonbert, King of Fenmen. The parade will go to the Cathedral, led by the Bishop and the Mayor of Ely, re-enacting Etheldreda's life in drama and song. Until 2 Sept Jubilee Gardens Summer Riverside Concerts - live music every Sunday at 2.30pm. 1 July Ely Aquafest - lots of activities on the river and at the riverside, along with entertainment in Jubilee Gardens and Lavender Green. 2 June Jubilee Country Show - rural crafts and entertainment at The Campus Field, Angel Drove. eastlife.co.uk|129


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Cambridgeshire THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Jun The Sleeping Beauty Highly acclaimed European Ballet presents this classic and most enchanting ballet. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 1 Jun Faulty Towers - The Dining Experience Enter the world of Faulty Towers with this five-star, internationally-acclaimed show: ‘A two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation’ (Daily Telegraph). The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 1 - 2 Jun The Real Thing Tom Stoppard uses a play within a play to explore the complexities of love, honesty and fidelity. A witty, genuinely moving and thought-provoking play from one of our greatest living playwrights. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 1 - 9 Jun Hot Mikado The Festival Players add jazz, swing, and dance to this exciting modern reworking of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 2 Jun The Twits Open air theatre presented by Illyria. 2pm. Hilton Village Green, Hilton, 01480 831986 2 Jun Gary Ryan Neil Diamond tribute, Priory Centre, St Neots, 01480 388922 4 Jun - 1 Sep Stamford Shakespeare Festival The Stamford Shakespeare Company present an annual season of open-air plays. Twelfth Night, Henry IV Part 1, The Three Musketeers. Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton, 01780 756133 6 - 9 Jun 27’ Abi Morgan’s critically acclaimed play about loneliness, ageing, science and the loss of our sense of self. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 7 Jun The Selfish Crocodile Children’s show. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 7 - 9 Jun Lifer- A Woman of Principle New play presented by Moonstruck Theatre Company. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 9 Jun Rhod Gilbert Stand-up comedy. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 11 Jun Michael Winslow - The Man Of 10,000 Voices Star of the Police Academy series of films. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 12 - 13 Jun Ballet Black Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black are a company with a passion to highlight and celebrate the talents of black and Asian dancers from around the world. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 12 - 14 Jun Born in the Gardens A hilarious and touching play from writer Peter Nichols. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239

12 - 16 Jun Widow’s Walk A new piece of realist theatre. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 12 - 23 Jun Cambridge Footlights Tour Show 2012: Perfect Strangers Join this year’s crop of comic talents for an evening of brand new sketches, surrealism and satire. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 13 - 16 Jun Swaffham Bulbeck Summer Theatre Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta ‘Iolanthe’. Downing Farm, Swaffham Bulbeck, 01638 745490 14 - 16 Jun Matthew Bourne Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in a programme of early pieces that launched the career of Britain’s favourite choreographer. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 15 Jun Stewart Francis Stand-up comedy. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 15 - 16 Jun Metamorphosis Cambridge Performing Arts and Bodywork Company present an evening of song and dance. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 15 Jun Stewart Francis Stand-up comedy. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 15 - 16 Jun Metamorphosis Cambridge Performing Arts and Bodywork Company present an evening of song and dance. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 16 Jun The Sword in the Stone Open-air theatre presented by Cambridge Touring Theatre. Houghton Mill, Houghton, 0843 208 0500 17 Jun Chris Ramsey + Tom Deacon Stand-up comedy. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 18 Jun Images of Dance Ballet. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 18 - 23 Jun Volcano See panel. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 19 - 23 Jun Doubt: A Parable Presented by Something Unspoken Productions. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 21 Jun Jimmy Tarbuck Comedy legend from Liverpool. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 22 Jun Phantom & The Musicals Songs from the shows. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 23 Jun Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation Stand-up comedy. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 24 Jun Sunflowers and Sheds Children’s show. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511

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MUSIC 2 Jun The Cambridge Modern Orchestra Bach, Tchaikovsky. Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge. 2 Jun Jubilee Concert The concert will be sung by massed choirs and accompanied by The East Anglian Chamber Orchestra. Ely Cathedral, Ely, 01353 660349 2 Jun Brit Floyd Pink Floyd tribute. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 2 Jun Jacques Stotzem + Brooks Williams Acoustic guitar concert. Ely Beet Sports & Social Club, Ely, 07730 814013 3 Jun Michael Muldoon Irish country. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 4 Jun Christine Collister Folk. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 5 Jun Paul Downes & Mick Ryan Folk. St Neots Folk Club at The Priory Centre, St Neots, 01234 376278

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7 Jun Bad Manners Ska legends. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 8 - 10 Jun St Neots Folk Festival Folk music and dance. Line-up includes Oysterband, Vin Garbutt, All Blacked Up, Quicksilver and Bella Hardy. The Priory Centre, St Neots, 01234 376278 8 Jun Marina Florance Band Folk. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 8 Jun Talon - The Best of the Eagles Tribute. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 9 Jun Lauren McCormick Trio Traditional and contemporary songs. Acoustic Routes at CB2 Basement, Cambridge. 10 Jun Jacqui Dankworth Imaginative, moving, and adventurous vocalist. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 10 Jun Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra Smooth melodic music of the 1920s and 30s in the style of the great British dance bands. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 11 Jun Hot Chip Electronic wizards. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511

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22 Jun Winter Wilson and Two Coats Colder Folk. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 23 Jun Peterborough Choral Society Summer concert. St Mary’s Church, Orton Waterville. 23 Jun City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra With the Orpheus Singers. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085 23 Jun As We Climb Cambridge-based pop-punk emo band The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 24 Jun Choir 2000 and Choir 2000 Orchestra Summer concert. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 357851 26 Jun Academy of Ancient Music Musical Revolutions: Age of the French baroque. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 503333 28 Jun The View Shimmering indie-rock from this youthful Scottish four-piece. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 29 Jun Janette Mason Trio Jazz. Cambridge Modern Jazz Club at Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, 01223 362550 29 Jun Sky West, Penni McLaren-Walker and Mark Gamon Folk. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 29 Jun The Sound of Soul Concert by students at Peterborough Regional

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1 - 3 Jun Modified Nationals If you love your car – you’ll love this show. Notching up its 10th anniversary show, Modified Nationals returns to Peterborough Arena as the UK’s largest indoor and outdoor car show with the wildest show cars, slick entertainment and lots of show offers. Peterborough Arena, Peterborough, 01733 363500 2 Jun Jubilee Country Show Rural Crafts, Locally produced food, displays such as terrier racing, shepherding, dog agility, falconry, wood carving, glass blowing will all be on display. Competitions of floral, art, horticulture for children and adults. Rare Breeds, tractors and more. 10am-5pm. Campus Fields, Ely, 01353 645036 2 Jun Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration Lots of fun for children and all the family including a ‘decorated wheels parade’, live bands, the Marching Majorettes, maypole dancing, Molly Dancing, BBQ, climbing wall, circus skills demonstrations and classes, cream teas, children’s sports and arts and crafts competitions, sideshows and bouncy castle, dog show, beekeeping, bell ringing and lots of other stuff too. The Lawn, Whittlesford, 01223 833063 2 Jun Strawberry Fair Fabulous free music and arts event for all the family. Midsummer Common, Cambridge. 2 - 4 Jun Chatteris Historic Jubilee Festival Party in the Park’ with local talent on the Saturday; the Big Lunch and Teddy Bears Picnic with Old Time Music Hall entertainment on the Sunday and Its A Knockout on the Monday. Furrowfields Green, Chatteris, 01354 696810 2 - 4 Jun Let’s Re-live the 1940s 3 days of re-enactment, music, big band, fashion shows, memorabilia and lots lots more! The Plough, Farcet Fen. 2 - 10 Jun Keep the Home Fires Burning This spring half term do your bit for the war effort by joining a 1940s home front voluntary organisation for the day. Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 01223 835000 2 - 10 Jun The Green Festival The city centre will be packed full of free games, activities and entertainments. City Centre, Peterborough. 3 Jun Barns Jubilee Picnic Music, fun and games. 12.30-5pm. High Barns Play Area, Ely, 01353 667969 3 Jun Burwell Bus Day 2-5pm. Burwell Museum, Burwell, 01638 742370 3 Jun 1940s Farm and Country Fair See traditional craft stalls and demonstrations, real ale, 1940s vintage clothes and hair-styling, dig for victory

displays, 1940s handling collection, meet Winston Churchill, vintage classic motor cars, real ale stall and much more. The Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey, Waterbeach, 01223 860988 3 - 4 Jun Spring Bank Holiday Steaming 11am-5pm. Cambridge Museum of Technology, Cambridge, 01223 368650 4 - 3 Jun 59th Soham Carnival & Heavy Horse Show Procession, arena events, lots to do for all the family. 9am-5pm. Recreation Ground, Soham, 01353 624493 4 Jun Diamond Jubilee Party in the Park Live music, beacon lighting, food and drink. Ely Park, Ely, 01353 661016 5 Jun Queens Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Street Party, Children’s Entertainment, Period Dress & Music. Wisbech St Mary Sports & Community Centre, Wisbech St Mary, 0845 2255566 10 Jun Peterborough Kite Festival Ferry Meadows, Peterborough. 10 Jun Cambridgeshire County Show Traditional county show. From 10am. Wimpole Estate, Arrington 14 Jun Midsummer Party In aid of Bourn Windmill. 6.30-8.30pm. Mill Cottage Garden , Bourn, 01223 243830 16 Jun Dragon Boat Festival Teams compete on the River Nene. The Embankment, Peterborough, 01780 470718 16 - 17 Jun The Cambridge Town & Country Show All day entertainment which may include birds of prey, working dogs, children’s entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. 10am-5pm. Parker’s Piece, Cambridge. 16 - 17 Jun Festival on the Green A weekend of mixed events for the whole family – arena displays including music, dance and sport, stalls, inflatables, face painting, Family Dog Show, food & drink available all day. Botolph Green, Peterborough. 17 Jun Military Vehicle Show Enjoy the excitement, power and thrill of the Military Vehicle Show – the perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day. Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 01223 835000 17 Jun Thomas’ Fathers Day Treat Dad to fulfill his life long dream to drive a steam locomotive. Nene Valley Railway, Stibbington, 01780 784444 20 - 25 Jun Midsummer Fair Cambridge’s oldest and biggest travelling fun fair and market. Midsummer Common, Cambridge. 21 - 23 Jun The Mobility Roadshow The UK’s original hands-on consumer event, showcasing mobility innovation for nearly 30 years. Peterborough Arena, Peterborough, 01733 363500

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The Big Weekend features three days of free entertainment on Parker’s Piece in the heart of Cambridge over the weekend of 68 July. Live music and a stunning summer fireworks display (Fri), live music, Children's Festival Family Fun Day, market, sports, stalls, funfair rides and bar marquee (Sat) and live world music and mela (Sun). Saturday also sees the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Cambridge, with additional music and entertainment provided by the London 2012 Organising Committee. 01223 457555 www.cambridge-summer.co.uk Midsummer Fair is Cambridge’s oldest and biggest travelling fun fair and market. The fair features some of the best rides including dodgems, roundabouts, rollercoasters and ghost trains, as well as all the usual fun of the fair including candy floss, hot dogs, toffee apples and more. 20 - 25 June.

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The Cambridge Summer Music Festival (13 July - 14 August) is the city’s annual festival of classical music offering outstanding musical performances in some of the city’s most historic buildings. The hallmarks of this Festival are the sheer quality and variety of music on offer: large-scale choral works in college chapels, delightful chamber works and intimate solo recitals, jazz concerts, world music and a full programme of music and interactive events for children – this Festival turns eclectism into an artform and ensures that there really is something to suit everyone’s taste. The Festival also presents Exposure!, a major international retrospective exhibition of the work of British photographer Clive Barda (17-22 July), arguably the world’s greatest photographer of musicians, opera singers and stage performers. 01223 894161 www.cambridgesummermusic.com

On selected Sundays from June to September, from 3-5pm, there will be Jazz and Brass bands playing in Cambridge’s parks and open spaces for you to enjoy. Each event is entirely free, so just take a picnic, enjoy the sounds and relax in the cooling summer breeze. www.cambridge-summer.co.uk The Cambridge Comedy Festival returns to the city with 40 shows over 6 days, with some of the worlds finest stand-up comedians, presenting previews of their brand new Edinburgh shows. The Junction, 17-22 July www.cambridgecomedyfestival.com Cambridge Shakespeare Festival (9 July - 25 August) is one of the UK’s best-loved open-air Shakespeare festivals and brings eight fabulous productions to the gardens of Cambridge’s historic gardens. Plays this year include King Lear, The Tempest, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tickets 01223 357851 www.cambridgeshakespeare.com It’s a great summer for music fans, with the return of the perennial Cambridge Folk Festival at Cherry Hinton Hall (26-29 July) and the Cambridge Rock Festival at the Haggis Farm Polo Club (3-5 August) www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival returns on 8 September, when 40 teams will compete along the River Cam at Fen Ditton in this fun event. Bankside entertainment will include a funfair, children’s activities and more. www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk

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Norwich Jubilee! A beacon will be lit on the balcony of City Hall on Monday 4 June between 10pm and 10.30pm, joining a network of over 3,000 beacons being lit across the world www.diamondjubileebeacons.co.uk

Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre (8 July) is a wonderful day devoted to the cobbled streets and narrow alleyways of the city’s historic quarter. It’s a day of street parties, pop-up shops, outdoor bars, food and music celebrating the quirky, kooky, independent shopping area of Norwich. There’s always a great atmosphere with vintage themed activities, open-mike poetry, musicians, photography, dancing and so much more. The Lord Mayor’s Celebration (5 - 8 July) is four days of fun and celebration with a street procession, fireworks, music festival, funfair, outdoor theatre, cinema and comedy, dancing, street artists and lots more. Adding to the excitement this year is the arrival of the Olympic Torch Relay in the early evening of Wednesday 4th when approximately 15 torch bearers will make their way through the city and take it to Chapelfield Gardens where thousands of people will witness the lighting of the caldron. There will be an amazing Olympic show in the gardens, which will also be broadcast on screen at The Forum. The following day the torch will leave Norwich taking in historic landmarks on its journey through Norfolk and on to the Olympic Games. Norwich Castle 3D Video Projection (4 - 6 July) Never seen before in Norwich, spectacular and breathtaking, this 3D projection on to the castle will create fantastic illusions when

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Norfolk THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Jun The Boy With Tape On His Face Comedy mime. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 1 Jun Gaslight Thriller. Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 1 - 2 Jun Time of My Life Alan Ayckbourn play. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 1 - 2 Jun I Got Rhythm Ballet meets jazz in Northern Ballet’s new show. Norwich Theatre Royal, 01603 630000 1 - 2 Jun Me and My Girl Musical presented by Cromer and Sheringham Operatic and Dramatic Society. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, 01263 512495 2 Jun Forces Sweethearts Nostalgic wartime music show. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 2 Jun Diamond Jubilee Gala Variety concert. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 2 Jun Little Red Hen Children’s puppet show. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 2 Jun Paul Daniels An evening with the top magician. Memorial Hall, Dereham, 01362 693277

5 Jun George & The Dragon Children’s puppet show. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 5 - 9 Jun Wonderful Town Connie Fisher and Michael Xavier star in the multi award-winning musical comedy featuring music by Leonard Bernstein. Norwich Theatre Royal, 01603 630000 5 - 28 Jun Summer Showtime Song, dance and comedy. Starring Olly Day and Nigel ‘Boy’ Syer. Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 6 Jun Thumbelina Puppet show. Norwich Puppet Theatre, 01603 629921 6 - 9 Jun Little Shop of Horrors Musical. Norwich Playhouse, 01603 598598 7 Jun Bob The Builder Chidlren’s favourite live on stage. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, 01553 764864 8 Jun Pinocchio Puppet show. Norwich Puppet Theatre, 01603 629921 8 Jun Beast of the East Stand-up comedy showcase. Olives, Norwich, 01603 230500

3 JUNE HEATHER PEACE Once upon a time, Heather Peace was performing to 20 of her friends in the local pub. A year later and she is one of the UK’s most exciting new female talents performing to a rapidly growing Peace-army at sell-out gigs across the UK. Her soaring, dramatic vocals share beautiful, honest stories of crap relationships, losing and finding your way again and fighting for new love against stunning jazz soaked piano melodies and pop guitar riffs. Norwich Arts Centre.

8 - 9 Jun Gaslight Thriller. Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 8 - 9 Jun A Night at The Musicals Songs from the shows. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 9 Jun Duggie Chapman’s ‘Good Olde Days’ Old time variety. Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 11 - 16 Jun Birds of a Feather One of BBC TV’s most popular sitcoms comes to the stage with all three of its original leading cast members, Pauline Quirk, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph. Norwich Theatre Royal, 01603 630000 13 - 14 Jun Old Time Music Hall Presented by Dereham Operatic Society. Memorial Hall, Dereham, 01362 693277 13 - 16 Jun In At The Deep End Comedy presented by The Sheringham Players. Sheringham Little Theatre, 01263 822347 14 Jun My Darling Clemmie Story of the woman who married Sir Winston Churchill. Diss Corn Hall, 01379 652241 14 - 23 Jun You Never Can Tell Play by Bernard Shaw. Sewell Barn Theatre, Norwich, 01603 697248 15 - 16 Jun Barry & Stuart: Show and Tell Stars of BBC1’s The Magicians. Norwich Playhouse, 01603 598598 15 - 16 Jun Gaslight Thriller. Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 15 - 17 Jun Ladies Day Comedy centred around a day at Ascot races. Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 16 Jun - 29 Sep Summer Seaside Special All singing, all dancing summer show, celebrating its 35th Birthday. A diverse blend of great pop music, West End ballads, specialty acts and lashings of saucy-postcard humour. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer, 01263 512495 17 Jun An Evening of Dirty Dancing Tribute to one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, 01553 764864 17 Jun Here’s A How-De-Do A Gilbert and Sullivan Miscellany presented by Sheringham Savoyards, Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 18 Jun My Mother Told Me Not To Stare Dark operetta for curious children and their grownups. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 19 Jun An Evening with JM Coetzee Booker winner reads from selected works. Norwich Playhouse, 01603 598598 20 - 21 Jun Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt Children’s favourite live on stage. Norwich Theatre Royal, 01603 630000 21 Jun Macbeth Open-air Shakespeare presented by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, 01366 327242 21 Jun Comedy Club Stand-up. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, 01553 764864

You can find even more events on our website and include your own too! www.eastevents.co.uk 21 - 23 Jun Toad of Toad Hall Performed by students aged 10-15. Langley School, Loddon, 01508 520210 21 - 30 Jun The Alchemist Ben Johnson’s satire. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 22 Jun Carmen A vibrant new production of Bizet’s masterpiece. Norwich Theatre Royal, 01603 630000 22 - 23 Jun Gaslight Thriller. Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 22 - 23 Jun Kissing Angels ‘Angelic’ comedy. Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 23 Jun Michael Winslow - The Man Of 10,000 Voices Star of the Police Academy series of films. Norwich Playhouse, 01603 598598 23 Jun An Evening of Burlesque It’s all tease, no sleaze as corsets, killer heels, stockings aplenty, sultry vocals, breathtaking choreography, mischief, magic, frivolity and fun collide. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 23 Jun The Three Billy Goats Gruff Kids’ show Norwich Puppet Theatre, 01603 629921 23 Jun The Tigerlilys Las Vegas-style show. Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 23 Jun Battery Play about life, death, sibling rivalry and cake. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 24 Jun That’ll Be The Day Rock ‘n’ roll music show. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 25 Jun Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation Stand-up comedy. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, 01553 764864 27 - 30 Jun Female of the Species Play based on true events involving the real-life feminist Germaine Greer. Assembly House, Norwich, 01603 626402 29 Jun The Importance of Being Earnest Outdoor theatre. Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, 01603 270449 29 Jun Suck it & See Fun and naughty theatre cabaret show. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 29 - 30 Jun Giselle Presented by English Youth Ballet. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 29 - 30 Jun Laughter Tears Curtain Livewire Opera celebrate their first 10 years. Diss Corn Hall, 01379 652241

MUSIC 1 Jun Stacey Kent Top jazz vocalist. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 1 Jun Tipitina Swing, boogie-woogie & jive from a dynamic three-piece. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352

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Norfolk 1 Jun The Drifters Soul legends. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 1 Jun Pout At The Devil Hilarious and fully authentic 80’s Hair Metal tribute band. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 1 - 3 Jun Play Fest 3-day fest that includes Ash, Reverend and The Makers, The Pigeon Detectives, Roots Manuva, The Big Pink and more across three music arenas. www.playfest.co.uk Eccles Hall, Quidenham. 2 Jun Let’s Hang On Frankie Vallie & The Four Seasons tribute. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 2 Jun Steemy Dan Steely Dan tribute. Olives, Norwich, 01781 7932304 3 Jun Diamond Jubilee Picnic & Live Music Live music from 11am-4pm. Marina & The Diamonds Gorleston Bandstand, Gorleston-on-Sea, The Waterfront, Norwich 3 Jun Heather Peace Star of 18 June ‘London’s Burning’, in addition to being an actress, is an accomplished singer/songwriter. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 4 Jun Festival Too Free live music with The Bohemians (Queen tribute) and

The Yesterdays. 6.30pm. Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, 07765 248152 6 Jun Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash Rock. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 6 Jun The Stars of British Jazz Trad jazz. Memorial Hall, Dereham, 01362 693277 7 Jun The Zombies Rock. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 8 Jun Norfolk Dixieland Jazz Band Open-air jazz. Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, 01366 327242 8 Jun Dove and Boweevil Acoustic blues duo. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 8 Jun Kungsbacka Piano Trio Chamber music. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 710227 8 Jun Classic Clapton Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 8 Jun Guns 2 Roses + Metallica Reloaded Metal tributes. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 8 Jun Malambo Uplifting Música Criolla from the Peruvian coastal regions. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 8 Jun Andy Kirkham Norfolk guitarist. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Se, 01328 710193 8 Jun Elio Pace Soul singer. Memorial Hall, Dereham, 01362 693277

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Norfolk You can find even more events on our website and include your own too! www.eastlife.co.uk house, breaks, psy trance, dub, ambient and more. www.gladefestival.com Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn. 16 Jun The Ragdolls Frankie Valli tribute. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, 01553 764864 16 Jun John Coghlan’s Quo All the Status Quo hits with original drummer John Coghlan. Memorial Hall, Dereham, 01362 693277 17 Jun The Royal Marine Band Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 18 Jun Hillfolk Noir US band with a unique take on traditional acoustic mountain music. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 18 Jun Marina and the Diamonds Marina’s new-wave pop has drawn comparisons with Kate Bush and Florence and the Machine. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 21 Jun John Etheridge One of the world’s most respected guitarists. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 22 Jun Yeti Lane A trio from Paris who were all former members of acclaimed space-rockers Cyann & Ben. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 23 Jun Orchestra of the Swan Britten, Hayden, Mozart. St Catherine’s Church, Ludham, 01692 678060 23 Jun Warsaw Village Band Strings, furious drums, trance, improvisation, experimentation and elements of roots music. Norwich Arts Centre, 01603 660352 23 Jun Mica Paris Soul diva. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 23 Jun The Sounds of Simon Simon & Garfunkel tribute. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 23 Jun Lesley Curtis Bluesy rock. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193

23 Jun - 8 Jul Wymondham Music Festival The festival features more than 90 events, celebrating professional Norfolk and national musicians and showcases local talent in the historic Norfolk market town. www.wymfestival.org.uk Various venues, Wymondham, 01953 601939 25 Jun The First Melodic rock band from the Norfolk/Cambridgeshire border. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 26 Jun The Sound of the Supremes Motown tribute. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 27 Jun Elkie Brooks One of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 29 Jun The Bach Players A selection of pieces that J.S.Bach had in his library. Octagon Chapel, Norwich, 01603 628319 29 - 30 Jun WOW Folk and World Music Festival Family friendly festival. Pentangle’s Jacqui McShee headlines with Alan Thomson amongst many East Anglia acts. Arts and crafts. www.wow-arts.co.uk Woolsey Bridge Farm Fields, Burston, 01379 740181 30 Jun The Pure Floyd Show Tribute. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 30 Jun London Schubert Players 3rd Norfolk Schubertiade. St Botolph’s Church, Trunch, 01263 722193 30 Jun The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band Swing band. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 2 Jun Jayne Ivimey: Meet Me on the Edge The Old Stables Gallery at Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 1 - 3 Jun The Norfolk Craft Guild 60th Anniversary Spring Exhibition. 10.30am-5pm. Blickling Hall, Blickling. 1 - 9 Jun Dan Tombs Digital prints and glitching video work. Norwich Arts Centre, 01603 660352 1 - 16 June Dereham Festival Arts festival www.derehamfestival.org.uk. Various venues, Dereham. 1 - 16 Jun BA Fine Art 2012 Recent work by third year Fine Art degree

students from the College of West Anglia. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, 01553 764864 1 - 16 Jun James Gledhill - Master Stroke Oil paintings by stroke survivor King’s Lynn Arts Centre, 01553 764864 1 - 23 Jun Mitchell House Exhibition of sculptures by the Norfolk based artist. Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich. 1 - 23 Jun Royal Gifts The Royal family receive many gifts as part of their official duties. A selection of these have been donated to the Lynn Museum by the Sandringham Estate and provide a fascinating insight into the connections made by the Royal family over the years. Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn. 1 - 23 Jun Royal Norfolk Celebratory exhibition to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It focuses on the Sandringham estate from the seventeenth century until its purchase by the Prince of Wales in 1862, and on royal links in the county since that date. Norfolk Record Office & The Archive Centre, Norwich, 01603 222599 1 - 24 Jun JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters This exhibition celebrates the growing interest in Japanese subcultures such as manga and anime. It offers the chance to encounter characters from television, computer games and comics. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 Jun - 1 Jul There Is Here: Photographs by Avi Gupta See panel. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 Jun - 16 Jul Journeys Through the Light Exhibition of cutting edge contemporary art by East Anglian artists on the theme of light and image making as found in medieval stained glass. Hungate Medieval Art at St Peter Hungate Church, Ludham Bridge, 01692 630485 1 Jun - 29 Jul Submerged-Spaces: Bill Viola Video installations by internationally recognised artist Bill Viola, to be shown at venues around the city. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 Jun - 31 Jul The Royal North End To celebrate the Jubilee True’s Yard is holding an exhibition featuring local photographs, archive sources and never

16 - 17 JUNE FESTIVAL OF ANGELS A weekend of Angels in St Nicholas' Chapel. There will be more than 70 angels on display, craft stalls and demonstrations, refreshments, face painting and music. 11am-6pm. St Nicholas’ Chapel, St Ann’s Street, King’s Lynn. 148|eastlife.co.uk

before-seen objects with a royal flavour. True’s Yard Musum, King’s Lynn, 01553 770479 1 Jun - 23 Aug Cornelia Fitzroy Intricate paintings displayed in the Adnams bar. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 1 Jun - 27 Aug Queen & Country Artists will be interpreting the exhibition’s theme in their own quirky way. Assembly House, Norwich, 01603 626402 1 Jun - 30 Sep The Diamond Jubilee Exhibition A spectacular exhibition of historic uniforms from the Coronations of William IV, George IV and Queen Elizabeth II. Houghton Hall, Houghton, 01485 528569 1 Jun - 30 Sep A celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee An exhibition exploring what life was life for ordinary people in 1952, when the Queen came to the throne. King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre at The Custom House, King’s Lynn, 01553 763044 1 Jun - 31 Oct The Ostrich & The Crown This exhibition for 2012 highlights the links over four centuries between the Coke family and the monarchy, from the time of Elizabeth I to the present day. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 713111 1 Jun - 11 Nov You are Here: The World in Great Yarmouth This exhibition tells of the town’s relationship with the world.Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, 01493 743930 1 Jun - 2 Dec The First Moderns: Art Nouveau, from Nature to Abstraction The First Moderns is the first in a series of displays of spectacular displays of works from the Sainsbury Centre’s permanent collections that will explore the importance of design, particularly in the European context in the 19th and 20th centuries. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 2 - 30 Jun Diamond Jubilee Photographic Exhibition Images depict The Royal Family’s special connection with West Norfolk. King’s Lynn Town Hall, King’s Lynn, 01553 763044 4 - 7 Jun An Intuitive Journey Des Milliken is a talented local painter specialising in oils on canvas. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 12 - 22 Jun Norwich School Art & Design Exhibition Norwich School’s A’ Level pupils will be displaying a selection of their work in a range of media. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 15 Jun - 14 Jul TARDIS: Can A Wolf Be My Friend? …and other questions that make our minds go wild The young artists and thinkers of Chapel Break Infant School present their new works. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 16 - 17 Jun Art Exhibition & Sale Paintings by local artists. St Mary’s Church, Wroxham, 01603 783399


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Norfolk 25 - 28 Jun Art from Yarmouth Selected artworks from a range of courses at Great Yarmouth College. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 25 Jun - 1 Jul The Art of Peace This collection of sculpture, ceramics, painting and photography celebrates the centenary of the visit to the UK of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá - a man who carried a profound message for peace and world unity. Assembly House, Norwich, 01603 626402

SPECIAL EVENTS Every Wednesday The Cloisters Fair: Antiques. Collectables. Vintage. 8am-3pm. St Andrews & Blackfriars Halls, Norwich, 01603 630763 1 Jun Wells at War Party Wartime entertainment. The Maltings, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 839000 1 - 3 Jun Lifestyles Extreme sports showcase event with various ‘come and have a go’ sessions with activities for all the family to participate in. Plus live music, VW show, laid back beach vibe. Hunstanton, 01553 818018 1 - 5 Jun Moscow State Circus The Moscow State Circus brings its latest & most Spectacular show to date to the UK with this sensational extravaganza, Babushkin Sekret. Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 01603 731971

1 - 10 Jun Norwich City of Ale A ten-day celebration of local pubs, breweries and real ale taking place throughout the city. www.cityofale.org.uk Various venues, Norwich. 2 Jun Craft Market 9.30am-2pm. Queen’s Hall, Watton. 2 Jun Jubilee Celebrations Party Includes Street Party on the Quay at 12.30; Stalls, music and entertainment, childrens’ activities on the Beach Road Playing Field; Jubilee Flotilla in the Quay at 4pm; Live Music on the Buttlands at 7pm. Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710885 2 Jun Cley Little Festival of Poetry A day of poetry and fun for all the family. Salthouse Church and British Columbia Hall, Salthouse. 2 - 3 Jun Gardening, Craft & Food Fair 10am-5pm. Pensthorpe Nature Reserve & Gardens, Pensthorpe, 01328 851465 2 - 3 Jun Diamond Jubilee Fete & Food Festival Brass bands, sheep shearing show, children’s craft marquee, food, drink and more. St George’s Park, Great Yarmouth, 01493 846346 2 - 5 Jun Everything Goes! Great train day out for all the family. Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham, 01263 738882 2 - 5 Jun Jubilee Celebrations Street entertainers, workshops and activities. Vancouver Quartet, King’s Lynn, 1553 819901

3 Jun Norfolk Hisotory Fair Meet historical re-enactors and local history enthusiasts from across the county. 10am-5pm. Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Gressenhall, 01362 869251 3 Jun Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Big Picnic Communal barbecues for cooking own food, children’s sports, 1950’s street party atmosphere, sideshows etc. From Noon. Roman Town by Caistor St Edmund Church, Caistor St Edmund, 01508 494189 3 Jun The Diamond Jubilee Fly In A display of British Aircraft, 6 Cannon Salute, Fireworks and Barn Dance in the Blister Hangar. Old Buckenham Airfield, Old Buckenham, 01953 860806 3 - 4 Jun Fairy Fair See panel. Holt Hall, Holt. 3 - 5 Jun 1950s Fun, Fashion and Food Entertainment, activities and events inspired by the 1950s. 10am-5pm. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 710227 4 Jun Downham Market Carnival Day Procession and more. Town Centre, Downham Market, 01366 387770 4 Jun Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Beacon & Fireworks Beacon lighting, live music and a spectacular firework display. 8-10.30pm. Anchor Gardens, Great Yarmouth. 5 Jun Jubilee Street Party Family fun and entertainment. 10am-4pm. Town Centre, Downham Market, 01366 387770

5 Jun Great British Garden Party Music, Morris dancers, food, drink and stalls. Assembly House, Norwich, 01603 626402 5 Jun Children’s Diamond Jubille Party on the Pier 3-5pm. Cromer Pier, Cromer. 5 Jun Jubilee Village Fete 2-4pm. Village Centre, Edgefield. 9 Jun Falcon Festival Creative arts and literature festival for children with storytellers, musicians, artists, authors and scientists. 10am-8pm. Holt Hall, Holt. 9 - 10 Jun Soccer on the Sands This youth beach football event – the biggest of its kind in England – will incorporate 128 teams, ranging from Under-7 to Under-13, all taking part over the course of a fun filled weekend. From 10am. Central Beach, Great Yarmouth, 01493 846346 13 - 17 Jun The Aylsham Festival Music, art, dance and more. www.aylshamfestival.co.uk Aylsham. 14 - 15 Jun Norfolk Antique and Collectors Fair 10am-5pm. Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 01603 731971 16 Jun The Norwich Original Fleamarket Over 70 dealers. St Andrews & Blackfriars Halls, Norwich, 01603 630763 16 - 17 Jun Boys & Their Toys Weekend Displays by various model clubs. 11am-4pm. Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, 01366 327242

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Norfolk 16 - 17 Jun Vintage Motor Cycle Festival 0 Snetterton Circuit, Snetterton, 0843 453 9000 17 Jun Planes Trains & Automobiles Displays. 10am-5pm. Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Gressenhall, 01362 869251 17 Jun Great Yarmouth Village Games Cliff Park High School, Gorleston-on-Sea, 07795 291256 17 Jun Wheels Next The Sea Motorcycle show. 10am-4pm. Beach Road Playing Field, Wells-next-the-Sea, 21 Jun Midsummer Frolic Live music, bar, bbq. 7pm. Hardley Windmill, Hardley, 01508 521267 22 - 23 Jun Antique and Collectors Fair 10am-4pm. Marina Centre, Great Yarmouth, 01502 740034

23 Jun Norfolk Superhero Challenge Unique quadrathlon event designed to be accessible to people of all abilities. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 710227 23 - 24 Jun Titfield Thunderbolt Weekend This event will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ďŹ lming of the famous Ealing Studios comedy ďŹ lm. Holt will become TitďŹ eld for the weekend, and Sheringham, Mallingford. The Poppy Line at Sheringham Station, Sheringham, 01263 820800 23 - 24 Jun The Muckleburgh Military Display Weekend Vehicle rides, stalls, tank demonstrations, cadets, tank driving, military attractions, model displays, costumed re-enactors, catering, military displays and more. 10am-5pm.

The Muckleburgh Military Collection at Weybourne Military Camp, Weybourne, 01263 588284 24 Jun Hunstanton Carnival Stalls, live music and a parade through the Town at 1pm. Hunstanton, 01485 535440 24 Jun The Old Buckenham Airshow Exciting air and aerobatic displays. Plusâ&#x20AC;Ś experience ďŹ&#x201A;ights, trade stands, a classic car rally & parade, over 150 military vehicles, vintage agricultural machinery, over 400 classic cars, live bands, over an acre of fairground. Old Buckenham Airfield, Old Buckenham, 01953 860 806 24 Jun Jubilee Fete 12-5pm. Caister-on-Sea Playing Fields, Caister-on-Sea.

3 - 4 JUNE FAIRY FAIR Packed with entertainment for all the family, the event features the trusts renowned workshops including: Fairy Gardens, Wildflower Fairies, Fairy Books,and Fairy Crowns, which for the first and only time will be open to adults also! Craft fair, food and more. 10am-5pm. Holt Hall, Holt.

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Frinton This elegant seaside town was developed from a small village in late Victorian times into an exclusive resort. By the first half of the 20th century Frinton on Sea had great appeal for it's high society visitors who came to enjoy the secluded sandy beach, golf course (frequented by the Prince of Wales) and tennis tournament, the classy Esplanade hotels, the lido and palm trees and Connaught Avenue, 'East Anglia's Bond Street', named after the Duke of Connaught and opened by his wife. Developer R Powell Cooper bought out the original developer of the town in the 1890s and prohibited boarding houses and pubs. Frinton's first pub, The Lock and Barrell, opened in 2000. Relaxed, sophisticated and unique, Frinton retains an atmosphere of the 1920/30s. Tree-lined avenues sweep down to the elegant Esplanade and cliff-top greensward, with its colourful Victorian-style beach huts. The sandy beach is quiet and secluded and one of the best on the Sunshine Coast. PROPERTY WATCH FRINTON Trowbridge Estate Agents, has been established since 1972 and is situated in a prominent position on Connaught Avenue, Frinton, known as the Bond Street Buckfast Avenue Stansted Way of East Anglia. They have a £205,000 2 Bedroom £223,000 large range of residential detached bunglaow, in 2 Bedroom detached and commercial property need of moderinsation, bungalow, recently quiet location, refurbished thoughout, for sale in and around the lounge/diner, kitchen, lounge/diner, kitchen, local area. 01255 676565 no onward chain. bathroom. trowbridgeestates.co.uk

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Essex THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Jun The Laughter Zone Stand-up. Colchester Arts Centre, 01206 500900 1 - 2 Jun It’s Raining Men! A new comedy. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 2 Jun Braintree Comedy Club Top stand-up. Celebrations Party Venue, Braintree, 0845 459 5656 2 Jun Witham Comedy Club Top stand-up. Witham Town Hall, Witham, 0845 459 56 56 2 Jun That’ll Be The Day Rock ‘n’ roll music show. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 3 Jun Des O’Connor Legendary entertainer. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 3 Jun Dancing in the Streets Celebration of Motown. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 3 Jun Andy and Mike’s Big Box of Bananas Children’s show. Palace Theatre, Southend, 01702 351135 5 Jun The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Harlow Playhouse, 01279 431945 5 Jun The Sword in the Stone Open-air theatre presented by Cambridge Touring Theatre. Hylands House, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 5 - 8 Jun Derren Brown TV’s psychological illusionist. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 6 Jun There’ll Always Be An England Patriotic music show. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 686633 6 Jun An Evening with Matt Le Tissier Ex-footbller and TV pundit. The Ivory Rooms, Billericay, 01277 632378

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6 - 10 Jun Oliver! Musical. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 7 Jun The Comedy Club Colchester United Football Club, 01206 752443 7 Jun The Ragged Trouser Philanthropists Hilarious, fast-paced adaptation of Robert Tressell’s classic book. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 7 Jun Fame The Musical Saffron Walden Common Marquee, Saffron Walden, 01799 524002 7 Jun The Laugh Out Loud Comedy Night Stand-up comedy. Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01279 815464 8 Jun Kissing Angels A new comedy. Brentwood Theatre, 01277 200305 8 Jun Release This play explores the lives of three prisoners in their first few months after release. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 8 Jun The Importance of Being Earnest Presented by The Pantaloons. Saffron Walden Common Marquee, 01799 524002 8 Jun Hardeep Singh Kohli: Nearly Naked Chef Comedy. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 9 Jun Alex Horne Stand-up comedy. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 9 - 10 Jun Saffron Walden Arts Festival Art & craft displays, workshops, musicians, and activities. Saffron Walden Common Marquee, 01799 524002 10 Jun Him & Her A musical battle of the sexes. Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 01277 200305 10 Jun Fireman Sam Children’s favourite live on stage. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 10 Jun Rhod Gilbert Stand-up. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, 01702 351135 11 Jun Jimmy Tarbuck Comedy legend. Towngate Theatre, Basildon, 01268 465465 12 Jun Swamp Juice Canadian performer Jeff Achtem’s award-winning show. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 12 - 16 Jun All Shook Up Rock ‘n’ roll musical. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 13 - 15 Jun Gypsy the Musical Musical. CMPA Live! At Swinburne Hall, Colchester, 01206 712999 13 - 16 Jun Macbeth Shakespeare play. The Old Court Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505

13 - 16 Jun Acorn Antiques Musical comedy. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 14 Jun An Evening with Jimmy Greaves Football legend. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 14 - 16 Jun Egusi Soup A fast, furious and funny new family drama. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 14 - 16 Jun Footloose Musical. Princes Theatre, Clacton, 01255 686633 15 Jun Jethro Stand-up comedy. Harlow Playhouse, 01279 431945 16 Jun Dr Palfi and Minnie’s Not the Flying Tortoise Show Children’s show. Colchester Arts Centre, 01206 500900 16 Jun The Twist Rock n roll show. Harlow Playhouse, 01279 431945 17 Jun The Sword in the Stone Open-air theatre. Stanley Hall, Halstead, 01787 222619 18 - 20 Jun The Cemetary Club Anne Charleston (Neighbours), Lily Butterfield (Emmerdale), Anita Harris and Shirley Anne Field star in this witty and touching play about three feuding Jewish women. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 18 - 23 Jun Avenue Q Puppet musical. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 19 Jun Tom Stade Stand-up comedy. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 20 - 23 Jun Macbeth Shakespeare play. The Old Court Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 21 Jun David Copperfield Dickens. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 21 Jun Magners Funhouse Comedy Top stand-up. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 21 - 23 Jun Shakespeare in the Park Open-air Shakespeare performed by Maldon Actors Company. Promenade Park, Maldon, 01621 856503 21 - 23 Jun Lilies on the Land Play about the Women’s Land Army of World War II. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 23 Jun I’m an Aristocrat... Get Me Out of Here Comedy inspired by the legend of the Scarlet Pimpernel. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 27 - 30 Jun The Full Monty Presented by Clacton Musical Theatre. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 28 Jun Blofeld & Baxter Cricket stories and more. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 29 Jun Barrull - A Flamenco Legacy Gypsy Flamenco dancer Jairo Barrull and his dance company. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 29 Jun Barry & Stuart - Show and Tell Stars of BBC1’s The Magicians. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945

You can find even more events on our website and include your own too! www.eastlife.co.uk 29 Jun An Evening of Burlesque It’s all tease, no sleaze in this sparkiling show. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, 01702 351135 29 Jun Swamp Juice See 12 June. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 29 - 30 Jun The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde play. Headgate Theatre, Colchester, 01206 366000

MUSIC 1 Jun Alfie Boe West End, Broadway and recording superstar. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 1 Jun Barb Jungr and Simon Wallace Jungr interprets Dylan. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 1 Jun The Sweeney Essex punk/pop trio The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 1 Jun The Floe Essex / Herts duo. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 2 Jun Colchester Symphony Orchestra Russian night. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 2 Jun The Milk Hotly tipped Essex band. Chinnery’s, Southend, 01702 467305 2 - 3 Jun T-Fest Music and a carnival atmosphere. www.thurrockfestival.org.uk Grays Beach Riverside Park, Grays, 01375 652472 2 - 16 Jun The 5th Maldon Festival Music concerts throughout the town. www.maldonarts.org.uk Various venues, Maldon, 07521 145483 3 Jun Len Baldwin Jazz Band Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club at Stanway Rovers Football Club, Colchester, 01206 540354 4 Jun Heather Peace Star of ‘London’s Burning’ who is an accomplished singer/songwriter. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 4 Jun Wix Boogie Country Rock Festival Country-Rock and Boogie Woogie. 4.30-10.30pm. Village Field, Wix. 5 Jun Richard Digance Folk. The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club at The Ship Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea, 01702 715111 5 Jun Street Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Braintree musicians celebrate Essex’s Cultural Olympiad with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Tabor Leisure Centre, Braintree, 01376 556354 5 Jun Mersea Jubilee Music Festival Local bands. 12.30-7.30pm. Legion Field, West Mersea. 6 Jun Jubilee Big Band Party Todd Miller and the Joe Loss Orchestra followed by firework display. Lady Nelson Playing Field, Thorpe-le-Soken, 01255 861116 8 Jun Brandon Allen / Quentin Collins Quartet Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865

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Essex 8 Jun Dan Wilde Cambridge based singer-songwriter. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 9 Jun The Undercover Shadows Tribute to Cliff & The Shadows. Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 01277 200305 9 Jun Let There Be Drums High energy percussion extravaganza. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 10 Jun The Liam Grundy Band Roadhouse blues and country. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 10 Jun Goff Dubber Dixieland Express Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club at Stanway Rovers Football Club, Colchester, 01206 540354 10 Jun Blue Harlem Top swing/jump-blues band. Saffron Walden Common Marquee, 01799 524002 12 Jun Lauren McCormick Folk. The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club at The Ship Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea, 01702 715111 13 Jun The Sounds of the Supremes Motown tribute, Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 14 Jun The Rapture Post-punk disco indietronica from New York. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 14 Jun Herman’s Hermits 60s hit band (minus Peter Noone). Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 15 Jun Jim Mullen Organ Trio Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 15 Jun Joanna Eden Soulful, jazzy singer-songwriter. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 15 Jun Cool Britannia Tribute to Brit Rock. Charter Hall at Colchester Leisure World, Colchester, 01206 282020 15 Jun Bad Manners Ska legends. Chinnery’s, Southend, 01702 467305 16 Jun Opera & Proms by the Lake Performed by a professional London troupe. Battlesbridge Rural Theatre, Battlesbridge, 01621 890153 16 Jun D’Ukes A band of ukulele players formed by Dave Warren, a guitar and ukulele teacher based in Chelmsford. Colchester Arts Centre, 01206 500900 16 Jun Aladdin Sane Bowie tribute. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 17 Jun Miller to the Musicals West Bergholt Concert Band and The Sweeting Swing Band. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 17 Jun Lord Napier Jazz Band Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club at Stanway Rovers Football Club, Colchester, 01206 540354 17 Jun Marshall King Elvis tribute. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 18 Jun Gadjo Seven musicians bound by their Gadjistani culture. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 19 - 29 Jun The Jon Altman Quartet Jazz. Marigold Jazz Club at Harlow Cricket Club, Harlow, 01279 414174 21 Jun The Storyville Jassband Jazz. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344

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21 - 24 Jun Leigh Folk Festival The country’s largest free folk festival, with music, dance, singarounds, childrens’ events, workshops and much more. This year’s line-up includes Martin Carthy, Jez Lowe, Mawkin, Tom McConville. Various venues, Leigh-on-Sea, 01702 715111 22 Jun Steve Melling Trio with Alan Skidmore Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 22 Jun Steve Cradock Guitarist and a member of Ocean Colour Scene and Paul Weller’s band. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 22 Jun Bernice Scott Emotive movie sound track songs with themes of heartbreak and darkness. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 22 Jun Katy Setterfield Tribute to Dusty Springfield. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 686633 22 Jun - 15 Jul Thaxted Festival Mainly classical music fest celebrating its 26th year. Includes Brodowski Quartet and Red Priest. www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk Various venues, Thaxted 01371 831421 23 - 23 Jun Take 5 Jazz. Park Barn, Liston, 01787 378957 23 Jun Fuzzface Colchester rock band. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 23 Jun The Apocryphalites Blue beat sounds from the royalty of rocksteady. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 23 Jun A Tribute to Elvis Presley Ellie Jamison, Benjamin Bloom and Ben Smith perform the music of Elvis. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 24 Jun Rock Around the 60s 60s concert with The Foundations and The New Honeycombs. Empire Theatre, Halstead, 01621 890153 24 Jun The Mahogany Hall Stompers Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club at Stanway Rovers Football Club, Colchester, 01206 540354 26 Jun Tom McConville & David Newey Folk. The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club at The Ship Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea, 01702 715111 28 Jun The Tendring Thunderbirds Jazz. Electric Palace, Harwich, 07786 744789 28 Jun Hirameka Hi-Fi Local band. Colchester Arts Centre, 01206 500900 28 Jun One Night of Queen Tribute. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, 01702 351135 29 Jun Gabrielle Ducomble Quintet Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 29 Jun The Moons The new project from Andy Crofts, better known as Paul Weller’s keyboard player. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 30 Jun Southend Symphony Orchestra An American extravaganza. Salvation Army Temple, Hadleigh, 01268 755005 30 Jun Aladdinsane Bowie tribute. Towngate Theatre, Basildon, 01268 465465

30 Jun Grimethorpe Colliery Band. Top brass. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 30 Jun Summer Sounds Festival Music night with the Blues Brothers, Two Steps Twice, Forever After and Truly Acoustic. Braintree & Bocking Public Gardens, Braintree, 01376 556354

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 3 Jun Borderlands Paintings by local artist, Claire Heaton. Colchester Central Library, 01206 245900 1 - 10 Jun Phil Johnstone Pictures of butterflies made from different media. 9am-5pm. Hanningfield Reservoir Visitor Centre, Downham, 01268 711001 1 - 10 Jun Naze Tower Spring Exhibition Four artists each have a Solo Show on a floor in the Tower including two landscape painters who both interpret East Anglia but in very different ways. Plus mixed show in the tearoom. Naze Tower, Walton-on-the-Naze, 01255 852519 1 - 16 Jun Thames Delta An exhibition which celebrates the vast array of musical success and talent that has arisen from this small corner of Essex. Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliff-on-Sea, 01702 347418 1 - 17 Jun Unravelling Threads Artworks from the ESCALA Collection explore issues related to textile production by the indigenous people of the Andean region of South America. firstsite, Colchester, 01206 577067 1 - 23 Jun Peelers’ Progress This exhibition provides a flavour of the lives of police men and women. Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey, 01992 716882 1 - 24 Jun Long Live Great Bardfield! A fascinating collection of paintings, prints, drawings and photographs in support of the autobiography of Tirzah Garwood. Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, 01799 513779 1 Jun - 1 July Where Time Stands Still Paintings by Gillian Makenna and ceramics by Aila Simpson.The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow, 01279 426042 1 Jun - 31 Oct David Watkinson: Unseen Forces Large organic forms and kinetic sculpture. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettendon, 01245 400256 1 Jun - 2 Dec Coming to Colchester: 2000 Years of Immigration Roman walls, a Norman castle, the Dutch Quarter and the Garrison, these are just some of the landmarks of Colchester’s history of settlers. Hollytrees Museum, Colchester, 01206 282940 2 - 3 Jun Art on the Railings Free Open air art exhibition, featuring an eclectic mix of arts, crafts and photography. 10am-4pm. Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea. 2 Jun - 6 Oct Thames Titanics; Wrecks from the Estuary An exhibition featuring artefacts from the bed of the Thames telling the story of vessels lost to

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SPECIAL EVENTS 1 - 2 Jun Food Producer Street Fair 0 Culver Square Shopping Centre, Colchester, 1 - 3 Jun Jubilee Garden & Flower Show 2-4pm Fri, 11am-5pm Sat & Sun. St Bartholomew’s Church, Wickham Bishops, 01621 891252 1 - 3 Jun Wickham Bishops Garden and Flower Festival St Bartholomew’s Church, Wickham Bishops. 1 - 4 Jun Tollesbury Jubilee Celebrations Weekend of events including live music, fun run, Tollfest, craft sessions, steel band with barbecue lunch, and more. Various venues, Tollesbury. 2 Jun Jubilee Street Party 2-5.30pm. Valley Walk, Walton-on-the-Naze. 2 Jun Great British Boom Mud Run Charity mud run, beach style “street’’ party and lots of other attractions. Shoebury East Beach, Shoeburyness.


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Essex You can find even more events on our website and include your own too! www.eastlife.co.uk 2 Jun 1950’s Style Dance in the Sqaure 0 Town Centre, Saffron Walden, 01799 524002 2 Jun Diamond Jubilee Strawberry Fair Craft stalls, local performers, singers, dancers, food and drink stalls. 11am-4pm. Shenfield Common, Brentwood. 2 - 3 Jun Bringing Audley End to Life See Mrs Crocombe and her girls, who are cooking tasty treats for a street party, Victorian style. 11am-4pm. Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden. 2 - 3 Jun Mersea Island Festival of Food & Drink Festival of food & drink with art and crafts, entertainment, live music and more. 11am-5pm. Mersea Vineyard, East Mersea, 07912 582030 2 - 3 Jun Colne Engaine Festival Craft stalls, side shows, displays, dog show, rides and more. Live music in the evening. From Noon. Recreation Ground, Colne Engaine, 01787 224605 2 - 3 Jun Mersea Island Food, Drink and Leisure Festival Weekend 11am-5pm. Mersea Island Vineyard and Brewery, East Mersea. 2 - 4 Jun A Day Out With Thomas The famous train and his friends make a visit, with lots to do for all the family. Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, 01787 461174 2 - 5 Jun Colchester Medieval Festival Four days of entertainment, featuring the Oyster Fayre Market. A huge medieval merchants market, plus falconry, archery, armed combat, mummers, storytellers, theatre, music, pupperty, artisans, dancing and side shows. Ale tent and food court with oysters. 10.30am-5pm. Castle Park, Colchester. 2 - 5 Jun Goldhanger Jubilee Weekend Celebrations Events include Jubilee Ball, Fancy Dress Street Parade, street party and live music. Barbecue and beacon lighting, sports events, evening entertainment and concert. Goldhanger Village Hall, Goldhanger, 01621 788298 3 Jun Diamond Jubilee Poppy Picnic “Stalls/Vendors, Kids Games, Rides (Bouncy Castles etc) and various other attractions. 11am-4pm. Greensward, Clacton-on-Sea. 3 Jun Clacton Bus Rally Vintage Bus Rides, display of vintage and modern buses, enthusiast stalls. 10am-5pm. Clacton Factory Outlet, Clacton-on-Sea. 3 Jun Celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in the park Events for all ages during the day and a disco and band during the evening. Halstead Public Gardens, Halstead, 01787 476480 3 Jun Jubilee Picnic in the Park ‘It’s a knockout’, Punch and Judy, children’s entertainers, live music, arts and crafts

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workshops, bouncy castles and fairground games. Promenade Park, Maldon, 01621 854477 3 - 4 Jun Jousting with The Knights of Royal England and Food & Craft Market Watch the breathtaking mounted skill at arms from an era of chivalry. ‘Have a go’ archery, court jester, birds of prey, and more. Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, 01787 460261 3 - 4 Jun Antiques Fair 11am-5pm Sun, 11am-4pm Mon. Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, 01277 215151 4 Jun A Royal Knees Up - Diamond Jubilee Beacon Lighting 1950s style country fete, community arena, workshops and free entertainment. 3-11pm. Hylands Park, Chelmsford, 01245 467581 4 Jun Queen’s Jubilee Celebration, Ardleigh Lots of activities for families and children, sideshows, fireworks etc. 4-9pm. Ardleigh Recreation Ground, Ardleigh. 4 Jun Little Clacton Jubilee Parade Parade and fun day. 2-10.30pm. Harold Lilley Playing Field, Little Clacton. 4 Jun Village Fete Fun dog show, old fashioned stalls and games. Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, 01206 330784 4 Jun Saffron Walden Celebrates the Diamond Jubilee Family picnic, fun and games, acrobats, minstrels, food, fireworks, beacon lighting, music and more. Saffron Walden Common, Saffron Walden, 01799 524002 4 Jun Mersea Island Jubilee Street Party 1-5pm. High Street, West Mersea, 4 Jun Jubileigh 6-11pm. Library Gardens, Leigh-on-Sea. 4 - 5 Jun Caveliers! The pageantry of the Restoration period at Audley End, one of Charles II royal residences, is recreated. 11am-5pm. Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden. 5 Jun Music for the Diamond Jubilee Music and cream teas. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettendon, 01245 402006 5 Jun Elizabeth, a Royal Progress Queen Elizabeth I will honour us with a visit in celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. She will be welcomed with music, dancing, drama, fairies and entertainments. Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, 01206 330784 5 Jun Street Party Live music, fun and more. 10.30am-11pm. Beaconway, Point Clear, St Osyth. 5 - 9 Jun Colchester Real Ale & Cider Festival 140+ beers from around the country, real cider and perry. Noon-11pm. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 6 - 10 Jun Time Travellers Go… Royal Games and crafts fit for a king or queen and meet some royal characters of times gone by. 11am-4pm. Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden. 7 Jun LDN Wrestling Wrestling action. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 686633

7 Jun Halfords Tour Series City centre cycling race series. Town Centre, Colchester. 8 - 10 Jun South East Essex Garden Show Barleylands Farm, Billericay, 01702 549623 8 - 10 Jun French Market Saffron Walden Common, Saffron Walden, 01799 524002 8 - 10 Jun French Market Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester, 01206 282939 9 - 10 Jun Air-Britain Classic Fly-In Gates open 9am. North Weald Airfield, North Weald, 01376 344441 10 Jun Paws in the Park A fun dog show, display of dog obedience and agility, stalls, games and children’s quiz. 11am-4pm. Wick Country Park, Wickford. 10 Jun Scotland in Colchester Annual event with music, dance, and more. 8.30am-6pm. Castle Park, Colchester, 10 Jun Mersea Motor Madness Show From 9am - hot rods, yanks and bikes, live band, bar. Mersea Outdoors, East Mersea. 14 - 16 Jun Braintree Lions and CAMRA Beer and Real Ale Festival Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01279 815464 14 - 24 Jun Harwich Festival of the Arts www.harwichfestival.co.uk Various venues, Harwich, 07971 041076 16 Jun Toy Fair 10am-2.30pm. Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, 01277 215151 16 Jun Brightlingsea Carnival Parade, arena events and more. 1.30-5.30pm. Bayard Recreation Ground, Brightlingsea. 16 Jun Manningtree Vehicle Show Large display of vehicles, display arena, live 50s Rock & Roll Band complete with dancers. 10.30am-4pm. Lawford Football Club, Lawford. 16 Jun Ladies Clothes Swapping Party Charity event. 10.30am. Marks Tey Hotel, Marks Tey, 07788 130377 16 - 17 Jun Weald Country Show Free event for all the family, medieval battles, living history camp, games, dog display team, vintage tractor, classic cars, children’s rides, displays, food, drink and more. From 10am. Weald Country Park, South Weald, 0845 603 7624 16 - 17 Jun Great War Weekend Life between 1914 and 1918 is recreated, with historical re-enactors depicting the soldiers of the ‘War to End All Wars’, including a spectacular cavalry arena show. Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, 01992 707370 16 - 18 Jun Little Totham Flower Festival Village Open Gardens also on 16-17th. All Saints’ Church, Little Totham. 16 Jun Young Children’s Festival 10.30am-4pm. Castle Park, Colchester, 17 Jun East Essex Heavy Horse Society Show Attractions include several

breeds of heavy horses, arena displays, live music, country craft stalls & displays of vintage tractors. From 10am. Museum of Power, Langford, 01621 843183 17 Jun Classic Cars for Fathers Day A beautiful collection of classic cars will be on display. 11am-5pm. Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden. 17 Jun Fathers Day Classic Car Rally Family Fun Fit for Fathers. Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, 01206 330784 22 - 24 Jun Penman Art & Antiques Fair From 10am. Cressing Temple Barns, Cressing, 0845 603 7624 23 Jun We Are Handmade Contemporary Summer Craft Fair Over 30 stalls.10am-4pm. Foakes Hall, Great Dunmow. 23 Jun Weasel in a Teacup Art Market Art, craft, tea and cake, vintage clothes and live acoustic music. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 23 Jun The Big BBQ Festival Huge family day crossed with an American style BBQ competition and a traditional music festival. www.thebigbbq.co.uk Waterside Farm Showground, Canvey Island. 23 - 24 Jun Napoleonic Weekend Napoleonic and Regency re-enactment. Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, 01992 707370 23 - 24 Jun The Colchester Food and Drink Festival with Colchester Rose and Horticultural Show Food, drink, stalls, music and more. Castle Park, Colchester, 01206 501760 24 Jun Blackwater Country Show Everything from birds of prey demonstrations to medieval re-enactment and outdoor pursuits. Rook Hall, Heybridge, 01621 858150 24 Jun Blackwater Country Show Large annual show with lots to do and see - Anglo Saxon Village, Dog Show, Heavy Horses, arts, crafts, activities, classic cars and more. 10am-5pm. Rook Hall, Heybridge. 26 Jun Barnardo’s Big Toddle Sponsored walk for the under-5s and fun day. 9.45am-2.30pm. Chelsmford Museum at Oaklands Park, Chelmsford, 0845 270 9900 30 Jun Colchester Carnival Town procession plus lots of family entertainment in the park. 11am-8pm. Castle Park, Colchester. 30 Jun - 1 Jul Bringing Audley End to Life See the Service Wing and Stables be brought to life by Victorian costumed characters. 11am-4pm. Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden. 30 Jun - 1 Jul Railway Weekend The focus is on the railways which ran around the Gunpowder Mills. Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, 01992 707370


INGATESTONE HALL Hall Lane, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 9NR

(off the London end of Ingatestone High St.) 16th Century manor house & grounds with a wealth of history.

OPEN to the public between noon and 5pm on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter Sunday until the end of September (NOT Wednesdays in June). Adults – £6 Pensioners – £5 Children (over 5) – £2.50

A FREE EXHIBITION AT CHELMSFORD MUSEUM UNTIL 8 JULY Commemorating the centenary of the Titanic disaster and Marconi’s New Street factory.

Tel 01245 605700 www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums

GUIDED TOURS are also available for groups at other times by prior arrangement.

SPECIAL EVENTS IN JUNE 16th/17th ESSEX MILITIA Historical re-enactment of everyday life in the 17th century Noon – 5 p.m. Admission prices as above For more details and our programme further ahead, see our website:

www.ingatestonehall.com

Tel. 01277 353010 Email: house@ingatestonehall.co.uk

Revisitations Saatchi Gallery returns to Ipswich Art School 23rd March to 26th August 2012 Tue-Sun 10am to 5pm, FREE admission This five-month exhibition from the world-renowned Saatchi Gallery gives unique access to pieces of work from international artists who use a wide range of media and techniques.

www.cimuseums.org.uk

Image courtesy of the Saatchi Gallery, London ©David Batchelor, 2003

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Spotlight

The birds are back! Birds of a Feather put Essex on the map long before TOWIE - now its stars are reunited for a stage show of the hit sit-com, as Essex comes to Norfolk.

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hen it comes to selecting TV situation comedy gold, Birds Of A Feather is definitely up there alongside other popular shows like Dad’s Army, Hi-De-Hi, and Are You Being Served? Irving Berlin’s classic song What’ll I Do heralded another 30 minute misadventure featuring Essex sisters Sharon and Tracey plus their man-eating neighbour Dorien. Created by the accomplished comedy-writing duo Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran, the show’s slightly earthy humour and culture clashes between the two sisters with drastically different lifestyles proved to be a massive hit. When it came to choosing the cast, the show reunited childhood friends Pauline Quirke and Linda Robson as the two sisters and brought in accomplished stage actress Lesley Joseph making her a household name to a brand new audience. And now all three have reunited on stage for the very first time in a brand new adventure as the three star in the debut stage show of Birds Of A Feather – or ‘Birds On The Road’ as Pauline and Linda dub it. Co-producer Jan Hunt explained why she wanted to bring the show back in a new environment on stage. “We were looking for another popular sitcom which would transfer well to the stage”, said Jan. “Our market research showed that Birds Of A Feather would be a very popular choice and when we discovered that all three of the original TV stars were keen to re-unite for the stage production, our minds were easily made up.” And she is looking forward to working with all three of the original 162|eastlife.co.uk

lead actresses in the show as the audience can catch up with the main characters in the present day. Going back in time, the trio never dreamed Birds Of A Feather would be such a success when they first met up at The Ritz in London to talk about the idea. Pauline recalled: “When we first met the writers Laurence and Maurice, they said they had this idea about these two sisters and their nosy neighbour. One is rich and one is poor. I thought I know which one I will be.” From there, the stories of Sharon and Tracey Stubbs became a huge success drawing in huge audiences who took the characters to their hearts. Lesley Joseph, aka Dorien, has her own theory about the secret of their success. She said: “We went out to 13 million people and I think it was because of Linda and Pauline’s chemistry because they have known each other since they were five. People were intrigued that these two actresses were still working with each other. Co-star Linda Robson joked: “We go back to the womb and conception. We have known each other since we were at primary school.” All three have remained in the public eye appearing in a host of projects on stage and TV since their on-screen misadventures in Chigwell but are looking forward to reprising their

characters on the road – although they admit they may be resurrecting their pre-performance rituals. Linda and Pauline both need to rush to the loo before a show due to nerves while Lesley has to do a pelvic thrust before stepping into character. Linda laughed: “The strange thing is that we would all then have a group hug and once we started performing, we were fine.” As well as the very close Essex sisters, the audience loved the vampish Dorien who regarded the majority of men as a target for her lust. Linda, aka Tracey Stubbs, said: “I used to get letters asking me where we got the teapot that is in the kitchen and Lesley would get all the fruity ones.” And Lesley says the part was fantastic to play. “The killer heels and the nails made her. The shoes made her walk in a certain way and the nails made her hold her hands distinctively and, of course, she loved men. She dressed like a vamp which was purely mutton dressed as lamb.” So will Sharon and Tracey adjust to life in the year of the London Olympics? Is Dorien still as manhungry as ever? The answer looks likely to be a resounding yes.

Birds of a Feather, Norwich Theatre Royal, 11-16 June. www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk 01603 630000 For the full article go to www.eastlife.co.uk/birds


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